Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Is the Mercedes F1 dynasty finally starting to wobble?

Bottas retired in the 14 lap due to a gearbox problem, sparking a virtual safety vehicle period. "It's my mistake. Do what you can", replied Mercedes strategist James Vowles.

In glorious sunny conditions, Vettel finished 0.187s ahead of his Mercedes rival - who set the quickest time in FP1 - to top an FP2 session for the first time this season. "What I can say is, from the experiences like we had last weekend, the team are very, very reactive".

'Everyone in the team will feel a nervousness.

"I think that if you look at Mercedes' history, the team is basically what Ross [Brawn] put in place several years ago". It's just part of our sport. We try to be proactive but it's great to be able to be reactive as well and we have been making a lot of improvements to the vehicle as well - my feeling for the auto, the understanding that just naturally grows for a driver throughout the year and for a team you grow more aware of the tires and the strengths and weaknesses of the package you have.

The victory was the 20-year-old driver's first of the season, and fourth of his career. The upheaval continued this week when racing director Eric Boullier, a Frenchman who joined from Lotus in 2014, resigned, after technical head Tim Goss was moved aside in April.

"It was unbelievable to win at the Red Bull Ring with so many Dutch fans here".


'It's up and down from track to track but I believe we're the best team, ' said Hamilton. "I think I've said as well in the past that it's our own drivers' fault, because we sit there on Friday afternoon [in the driver briefing], complaining about the decisions and the consistency". I don't know if that's two or 10, or somewhere in-between. "I don't get it guys". I think it's happening everywhere else.

'I'm focused on what we do. McLaren had said in 2017, when Honda took much of the flak, that it had one of the best chassis but Brown recognised on Thursday that had not been the case. "After that, the auto came good, but we just ran out of laps".

Fernando Alonso also had a big wobble as his McLaren ran wide on Turn 13 but he managed to recover. Alonso denied he was calling the shots at McLaren, with his former race engineer Andrea Stella promoted to performance director and Brazilian Gil de Ferran, an Indy 500 victor with whom Alonso worked at Indianapolis in 2017, brought in as sporting director.

"I just have the feeling that this is a hugely significant session", said Sky F1 commentator David Croft. "With Zak obviously we have a very close relationship even if it's a short time that we met".

"It would be great to take the lead back from Seb here, but I am really grateful to be in a position to fight for a win at Silverstone for a sixth time".

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