Toto Wolff admits that the Mexican Grand Prix was Mercedes' best chance to win a race in 2022 on paper, but remains positive about what the team achieved.
The Silver Arrows looked strong as the weekend got underway at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton leading the timesheets in Saturday's final practice session before qualifying for Sunday's race in P2 and P3 respectively.
Despite a solid getaway, neither driver was ultimately able to challenge Red Bull's Max Verstappen for victory; Hamilton ended the day in second, while Russell finished fourth. Both Hamilton and Wolff have suggested that strategy played a part in their struggles.
With just two races remaining for Mercedes to claim a debut win of the season, Wolff was quizzed on whether the event in Mexico had represented the team's strongest opportunity for a victory.
"On the simulations, it says yes," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.
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Wolff praises Mercedes' performance in Mexico
While this may be the case, Wolff admits that there remains a chance that Mercedes could perform well in Brazil and Abu Dhabi after their performance in Mexico.
"We see the tendency, we see that we are able to compete," the team boss explained.
"I'm really proud [of] the team [for] what we did this weekend. We experimented with a lot of things.
"The engine guys have pushed the boundaries, really to give us the maximum performance.
"So I think it will be a mix [in the final races] between trying [to] the max whilst trying the most for next year."
Mercedes remain third in the Constructors' Championship, with a 40-point deficit to second-placed Ferrari.
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