Red Bull simply have the quicker car at the moment, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said at the Styrian Grand Prix on Saturday after his Formula One champions missed out on pole position for the fourth race in a row.
Red Bull has taken the last two poles, after a double for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in Monaco and Azerbaijan, and look good for a fourth win in a row at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Max Verstappen, who took pole on Saturday, leads Mercedes’ seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton, by 12 points after seven races while Red Bull is 37 clear in the constructors’ championship.
“It’s not a secret, there is a trend. They have the faster package at the moment,” Wolff told reporters. “We need to utilise our tools and our intelligence to understand our car, setup work, the tyres and what it needs to deploy and then we need to be faultless.
“I believe if we can…