The team has suffered a setback in its attempt to win an eighth World Cup in a row after difficult weekends in the last two rounds, where the German tent scored only seven points.
Mercedes ‘results have allowed Red Bull to pull 26 points free in the constructors’ championship thanks to back-to-back victories, while Max Verstappen has a four-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the position of the drivers.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff paralyzed his team’s performance in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix as “just not acceptable” as the Brackley-based clothing 55-run run of points ends. Baku also marked the first time since the U.S. Grand Prix in 2012 that Mercedes failed to score points when both cars finished the race.
But Wolff insisted that Mercedes will not be tempted to pull the resource out of its F22 car development in 2022 to improve on its W12 challenger despite the intense nature of the 2021 title fight with Red Bull.
“We have already adjusted the plans for 2022 and there is no way out of it,” Wolff explained.
“We do not change any decisions we have made, strategic decisions, just because we had two really bad race weekends.
“We knew that these two racetracks were probably the worst for us – and I hope I am right in that assessment.
“Let’s see how the European races go now. But these two were clearly below the standards we set ourselves and the expectations we set ourselves.”
In contrast, Verstappen has asked Red Bull to continue to prioritize this year if it is to have any chance of beating Mercedes to the World Championships.