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Toto Wolff

Why Wolff thinks Mercedes will struggle in Baku

Mercedes had a disappointing race in Monaco, with Valtteri Bottas forced to retire and Sir Lewis Hamilton finishing in seventh. The team are looking to bounce back this weekend in Baku, but Toto Wolff has warned that the circuit doesn't play to their strengths.

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Toto Wolff has said that he thinks the Baku street circuit for this weekend's Azerbaijan Grand prix doesn't suit the Mercedes car and that Red Bull will likely be stronger at this track once again.

Mercedes suffered a torrid weekend in Monaco, as strategy and pit lane errors cost Valtteri Bottas and Sir Lewis Hamilton, who retired and finished in seventh respectively.

Ahead of the race in Baku, Wolff warned that while the circuit is distinctive from that at Monaco, it still posed a challenge for the Mercedes car.

"On Monday morning I saw the same energy as when we returned from the Bahrain test and that pleases me. We dissected the weekend, asked hard questions of ourselves, and learned some crucial lessons. I wish we could have been back racing last weekend," Wolff said in statement ahead of this weekend's race.

"Baku is next up. While it's a very different street circuit to Monaco, we expect it to be another tricky one for us, not particularly suiting the characteristics and traits of the W12. Red Bull will be strong again, while both Ferrari and McLaren have made great progress recently.

He added that the focus would be on making sure the team continued to pick up points for the championship at tracks which do not suit its style

"A key focus for us has to be exploiting the opportunities available to us on those outlier tracks which aren't suited to our car - when the points are there, we need to grab them," Wolff said.

"There will be swings back and forth in this fight which is exciting for the sport and exciting for us. We're expecting another challenge on the city streets and after the results of the last race, we're more determined and fired-up than ever to bounce back in Baku."

RN365 News dossier F1 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The latest news about the Azerbaijan Grand Prix straight from the Baku City Circuit.

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