“Extra homework” for Mercedes at Hungarian Grand Prix

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Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says the team have some catching up to do with the new tires that are being used this weekend.

“We are under no illusions for the second half of the year and this weekend in Hungary we have a number of challenges to overcome,” said Wolff. “First, we will need to do extra homework on Friday to understand how the new tires work with our car.”

Mercedes were banned from attending last week’s test at Silverstone following the punishment handed down by the FIA International Tribunal. The other ten teams all had the chance to evaluate Pirelli’s revised tires.

The team have struggled all year long with tires overheating and this weekend’s race is expected to be very hot. “We will have to get to grips with the high temperatures, a demanding circuit and the soft and medium compound Pirelli tires,” Wolff continued.

“During the race at the Nurburgring, we were overheating the tires and we want to minimize the chance of suffering a repeat problem in Hungary, where the track temperatures will also be high.

“The team has worked thoroughly since Germany to improve the situation and we will find out how the new tires will affect that situation, too.”

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”