Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff says the Silver Arrow team had been forced into the "Damage Control" mode at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday due to engine overheating problems.
For the first time this season, the German team could not prevail on a Sunday. Valtteri Bottas finished third in the afternoon and Lewis Hamilton finished fifth in Spielberg.
Neither driver really fought for an overall victory at the Red Bull Ring, whose race pace in Austria was surpassed by Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.
"That was really painful for us, today damage limitation," said Wolff after the first defeat of Mercedes in 2019.
"We knew that our car had a real cooling problem and it was worse than expected. [1
"We tried to lessen the power loss." In the end, it was really painful to watch them cruising, not being able to defend or attack at ng.
"We ran the engine down the 400 yards I think there is almost no gas going down and I still have some decent lap times.
"I think we would try to have a chance to fight for victory, but we were limited by the cooling problems."
Bottas confirmed that it had overheated Mercedes was worried throughout the afternoon, although the Finn regarded the pace of the W10 as quite similar to that of its competitors.
"I think we got off to a good start – it was a bit harder than we expected, especially with overheating. We had to control the temperature on the engine, but we've got some good points," said the Finn.
"We were up there at the pure pace of racing – there was not much difference, but while we were controlling the temperatures, we had to fall behind."
Hamilton said Mercedes's rivals seem to be more efficient with the OVs "As far as I am concerned Well, it was not a case for the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but for us it was a tremendous one. " "I think we had a good pace today, but we just could not drive." That's the track. I think it's the limitation of our car this weekend.
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