Despite finishing out of the podium places in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG petronas are still in a strong position in both the F1 drivers and constructors championships.
World champion Lewis Hamilton never really recovered from a poor start and eventually finished sixth while team-mate Nico Rosberg suffered a puncture late on in the race to finish two places further back.
Hamilton now leads the drivers’ championship by 21 points from Rosberg and the Brackley team’s lead over Ferrari is now 147 points in the constructors’ championship.
Team boss Toto Wolff said: “We had more incidents in the race than we’ve had in the entire season so far. We had two bad starts and then things went from bad to worse.
“Lewis ran off track on lap one, then came the incident with [Daniel] Ricciardo, the nose change and the drive-through and somehow still managed to get back to sixth. As for Nico, he didn’t have the pace to match the Ferraris in the first stint but was running strongly for a podium finish.
“In hindsight, the option tyre would have been ideal to attack Sebastian [Vettel], who was forced to run the prime but hindsight is a wonderful thing.
“For us, this was a really frustrating day and it just goes to show that our success so far this year has been the result of fantastic attention to detail and teamwork, getting everything right to deliver the results we have had.
“Now we need to analyse the race and learn our lessons, then recharge the batteries and come back fighting in Spa.”
Hamilton said: “The team did everything right and the car clearly had the pace, I just had a very bad day at the office. It was one of the worst races I think I’ve had and I don’t really have any explanation for it at the moment.
“I just made too many mistakes, in the end, it’s damage limitation in terms of points for the championship so I just need to take the positives into the summer and bounce back in Spa.”
Rosberg added: “I had a decent start, if not the best. But I still didn’t have a great balance on the option tyre so the Ferraris were pulling away quite quickly at the beginning.
“It went better on the prime and the race was going well for me until lap 64. Racing is very tough sometimes, it’s an awful feeling to lose it at the end as I could have gained a lot of points on Lewis.
“At the moment I’m not looking forward to the summer break. I just want to be back in the car and racing again tomorrow.”