Mercedes: No room for complacency

By on Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the squad's error at the Monaco Grand Prix highlights that there can be no room for complacency in Formula 1.

Mercedes pitted Lewis Hamilton under the Safety Car but made a miscalculation, costing the Briton the lead and relegating him to third position, behind team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

"Monaco has been tough for all of us to swallow," Wolff admitted.

"You can never afford to drop points and this was a reminder that any error can prove costly. However, we must also remember how far we have come to be disappointed with a P1 and P3 finish in Monaco.

"So, we take it on the chin as a team, learn from our mistakes and now look ahead to the next race in Canada.

"It's a circuit that is tough on the car so good preparation will be crucial. We saw Nico produce one of the drives of the season there last year and Lewis has an exceptional record in Montreal, so we know we can rely on them to do the job.

"But there is no room for complacency, with our rivals ready and waiting to jump on any opportunity. There is still a long way to go this season and many points to be won. "

Executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe says that while Mercedes gets more decisions right than wrong, it was a costly mistake from which the team must learn.

"There has been a great deal of comment concerning our mistake in Monaco and its consequences," he said.

"On behalf of the team, this error should be put into context. It was a single error made in a split second based on incorrect data. Sport is all about split-second decisions, trading risk with reward, and we do not always get these decisions right.

"But in my opinion this team gets them right more than most. However, as in all aspects we must always improve, and the failure in Monaco will undoubtedly play its part in that process."


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