On the surface, judging by the official starting grid of the Belgian Grand Prixthe final result cannot be at all negative for the Mercedeswhich will start in Spa-Francorchamps with Lewis Hamilton in fourth position, immediately followed by his teammate George Russell. However, if we analyze what happened on the track, the sensations are very different: without the numerous penalties that will be served by various drivers, the duo of the reigning champion team would have started only from 7th and 8th place.
A disappointing performance, therefore, which confirms the difficulties already highlighted by the W13 during all the free practice sessions staged between Friday and Saturday. A result that, despite the advantage in view of the race, does not satisfy the team principal in the least Toto Wolffembittered to see his cars in an almost unrecognizable state of form compared to that shown in the last appointment in Hungary, where Russell he even took pole.
Commenting on the results of the qualifications, the Austrian manager did not hide all his disappointment at what happened in Spa: “It was a very disappointing result, even if tomorrow the penalties for the other cars will make us climb the starting grid – He admitted – four weeks ago, in Hungary, we were in pole position, albeit with somewhat particular circumstances that worked in our favor; today, however, we were 1.8 seconds from pole position. No one on the team finds such a deficit acceptable and, even today, after 14 races, we can’t figure out how to get consistent performance from this car. It seems we have high aerodynamic drag on straights and this weekend we have not given either of the two riders a balance that would give them confidence. We hope that tomorrow the race pace will be better than that shown today, but we know that, regardless of the final position, we have a lot of work to do“.