Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport are attempting to put last weekend’s challenges fully in the rear-view mirror when they take on the Hungarian Grand Prix, where they will aim for their second straight win at the Hungaroring and their 10th victory of the season.
“We had a painful Sunday in Hockenheim,” Team Principal Toto Wolff said. “We made mistakes, took the wrong decisions and left Germany with only two points. But we love Formula One for the challenges it throws at us as they present an opportunity to improve. On Sunday, we were united in our pain; on Monday, we were united in our determination to turn our weaknesses into strengths. We had a number of very open discussions about what went wrong and what steps we need to take to improve.
“I believe that one of the core strengths of our team is the way we handle defeat. We accept responsibility for mistakes so that we can learn and improve – and we will come back stronger from this. The positive is that the next race is only a few days away and that we have the chance to redeem ourselves in Budapest this weekend.”
Lewis Hamilton won last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix to give him four wins in his last seven visits to the circuit, while his six career victories in the event are the most in history.
“In recent years, the Hungaroring has been a challenging circuit for us – but we managed to win there last year and there are a number of reasons to believe our car could be more competitive there this year than in recent seasons,” Wolff said. “Looking at our competition, Ferrari have been very strong on short circuits this year and we expect them to be competitive again in Budapest; Red Bull, too, have won two of the past three races with Max.
“But we haven’t lost sight of the fact that we have come out on top in nine of the 11 races so far this year. And we are determined to fight tooth and nail this weekend to achieve another strong result.”