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.”
Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.
Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.
Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.
“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.
“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.
“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.
“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!
“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.
“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”