Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has stated the team must rediscover its A-game at the French Grand Prix in order to again take the F1 title fight to rivals Red Bull.
Mercedes has scored a disastrous seven points at the last two races in Monaco and Azerbaijan to allow Red Bull to take control of the constructors' championship.
When the team left Monaco it was the first time Mercedes had not led the standings since the 2018 German Grand Prix, with the deficit to Red Bull increasing 26 points following Sergio Perez's victory in Baku.
That has led to Wolff criticising his team. He said: "There are lots of things that are not running as smoothly as they have in the past few years.
"Operationally it is not our A-game. We haven’t found the real sweet spot through qualifying and the race, having a quick qualifying car and a race car.
“There is just so much that we need to improve to make sure we are actually able to compete for this championship because we can’t continue losing points as we have done in Monaco and Baku. It’s just not acceptable for all of us.”
Mercedes must be "faultless"
Mercedes has been successful in each year of the V6 turbo-hybrid, winning seven consecutive drivers' and constructors' championship doubles.
If the team is to repeat this for an eighth year and for Lewis Hamilton to become a record-breaking eight-time F1 champion Wolff believes there can be no more failures.
“What I take away is that we must bring our A-game to fight for this championship as our car was not there all weekend," added Wolff.
"Operationally we just need to perform faultlessly and all of us haven’t done that the last two weekends.”
What do you think?
While I understand the quest for excellence things do go wrong....whatever happened to "Hey, that's motor racing!"
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