Mercedes' biggest strength was their weakness in Austria
Mercedes were left "rolling around, not racing" at the Austrian Grand Prix as their car's greatest strength in 2019 became a crucial weakness in scorching Spielberg.
The Silver Arrows arrived at the Red Bull Ring having won every race this season, in a run stretching back 10 races, one short of McLaren's all-time F1 record sequence.
Although the race was not as lamentable for Mercedes as 2018's double DNF in the Styrian mountains, they faded into the background as Max Verstappen beat Charles Leclerc to victory in a thrilling encounter.
Valtteri Bottas was a forgettable presence on the podium, having been unable to challenge Leclerc or hold Verstappen back on his charge through the field, while Lewis Hamilton came home fifth after suffering front wing damage.
Wolff revealed that Mercedes' extra-sleek W10, which had been balletic in its domination of the field prior to Austria, was simply unable to cope with the demands of blasting around the power-hungry Spielberg track in sweltering heat.
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