Thuesday, 15 may 2018, 05:31 , by Martin Macdonald
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confessed that he is "bloody worried" about his team's chances at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix due to the awful time the Silver Arrows had in Monte Carlo last year, even though they are coming off a one-two in Spain at the weekend.
Lewis Hamilton was in excellent form on Sunday at the Circuit de Catalunya as he blew away the competition to claim the flag no less than 20 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger - his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
It will require a momentous effort from the Brit to repeat the success in Monaco, as he attempts to put a poor 2017 race behind him in which he qualified in 14th and finished seventh.
Wolff admits that he is "bloody worried" that the track in Monte Carlo simply does not suit the Mercedes car.
“I’m bloody worried,” he said when quizzed about the Silver Arrows' chances.
“We have seen there are tracks which suit us well and some that we are not perfect at.
“For whatever reason it is very difficult to undo the DNA of our car, and Monaco, as well as Hungary and Singapore, are tracks where we have under-performed.
“As much as I am overwhelmed by the victory here, my mind is already on Monaco, and I remember it wasn’t a pleasant Sunday night last year.”
Hamilton addressed his boss' comments, but remained calm, insisting it is Wolff's job to worry about such issues.
“There are a lot of challenging races coming up and Monaco is a serious challenge,” Hamilton suggested.
“Toto’s job is to worry and his mind will already be on the next race. We know that it is going to be a difficult weekend, but as we have seen this year, you can still take great points from races you do not win.”