Mercedes will not “give up” the battle with Red Bull for the 2021 World Cup.
Team leader Toto Wolff admits that it is a “new experience” for the reigning champions to have been so round beaten by championship leaders Red Bull and Max Verstappen throughout Paul Ricard-Austria-Austria triple header.
“It is a very entertaining life experiment that we are in,” he said. “To be involved in a tough battle again after seven World Cups in a row, this is a new experience that makes us stronger.
“In many years we will look back and say it was necessary.”
And despite Wolff saying there would be no more car developments this year, the team’s top engineer Andrew Shovlin says Mercedes is actually taking a “quite interesting” update to Silverstone.
“We never give up a fight. That’s the last thing we do,” Wolff was quoted as saying by motorsport-magazin.com.
“The positive thing is that we still have 13 or 14 races to run and we are only one DNF behind Red Bull,” he added.
“It’s like this: when you lose, you think ‘Why the hell did we lose?’ If you win, you do not think ‘Why the hell did we win?’ “
Wolff admits, however, that it will not be easy to reverse the situation, although Silverstone is expected to be better suited for the 2021 car.
“In Austria, we did not have the performance we needed to fight Red Bull – we are aware of that,” he said.