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Mercedes

Wolff: Mercedes eager for redemption after 'bruising' Austria

The team have a chance to bounce back at the British Grand Prix after a below par weekend in Austria last time out.

Toto Wolff
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Toto Wolff believes Mercedes have a chance to "bounce back" after a "bruising" Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix in which their momentum was halted.

After an encouraging start with the new W14 upgrades introduced in Monaco, Mercedes were firmly off the pace in Spielberg, recording only 11 points across the Sprint and main Grands Prix as both Ferraris and Lando Norris's upgraded McLaren leapfrogged them.

Seventh and eighth in the race was their worst two car finish since ninth and 14th in last season's Singapore GP, with Wolff believing the troubles to be track specific.

Mercedes keen to bounce back

"We're pleased to get back racing after a bruising weekend in Austria, we scored a handful of points, but we didn't have the pace for much more," Wolff explained.

"The field behind Red Bull is incredibly close and also fluctuating each weekend. Some of this is circuit-specific, and some the upgrade cycle across the grid.

"We fell on the wrong side of this equation in Spielberg, but we've got a chance to bounce back immediately.

"The team has been hard at work to analyse and draw learnings from our performance [in Austria.]

"We have taken the result on the chin and will aim to recapture the momentum we had built up across previous races.

"With the next upgrades and experiments coming in Silverstone, there are reasons for optimism. Nevertheless, we are not getting ahead of ourselves.

"We're focused on the job at hand, extracting performance from the car, and will see where we stand this weekend.

The British Grand Prix is one of the highlights of the season. The atmosphere at Silverstone is unique and the support from the fans is truly incredible.

"It's also our local race, with the track just down the road from the factories in Brackley and Brixworth. It's a fast and flowing layout which creates great racing, so hopefully we can perform well and put on a good show."

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