Mercedes needs a car that 'both drivers can push' – Wolff

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Mercedes needs a car that 'both drivers can push' – Wolff

Toto Wolff says Mercedes needs to field a car that both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas can "confidently" push to the limit.

Mercedes heads to the French Grand Prix on the back of two disappointing displays that yielded just seven points relative to the 62-point haul enjoyed by championship rival Red Bull.

While Monaco and Baku's street circuits were venues that did not cater to the Brackley squad's W12, at least one Mercedes driver managed to perform reasonably at each track.

But Wolff, who qualified his team's recent performances as "unacceptable", insists the German outfit will only remain a championship contender if it can supply a car that performs well in the hands of both its drivers.

"We come off the back of two street circuits unsuited to our car, two circuits we knew would be difficult for us, and we were disappointed to lose a podium finish and a victory through our own mistakes," Wolff said in Mercedes' French Grand Prix preview.

"That frustration reflects the high standards we hold ourselves to, and it is what drives us forward.

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"In Monaco and Baku we put the W12 in a window where only one of our drivers found the confidence to unlock the performance of the car - Valtteri in Monaco and Lewis in Baku.

"In such a close, intense title fight, we need to deliver a car at each race which both our drivers can confidently push to its limits."

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Wolff believes that F1's return to a traditional track next weekend coupled with Mercedes' past performances at Paul Ricard bode well for the team's prospects.

"The French Grand Prix means returning to a more traditional circuit and hopefully, better fortunes for us," commented the Austrian.

"It is a track we've gone well at in the past and, with a wide range of corner speeds that will test the car in every aspect, it's an interesting challenge for us to tackle.

"We're six races into the season and there's still a long way to go. It's looking very close at the front and we're not expecting that to change anytime soon.

"We'll be looking to turn our learnings from recent weeks into performance and to deliver a much stronger weekend with both cars."

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Williams welcomes back Nissany for French GP FP1

Williams development driver Roy Nissany will enjoy his second official 2021 outing with the British outfit this week... The post Williams welcomes back Nissany for French GP FP1 appeared first on F1i.com.

Williams welcomes back Nissany for French GP FP1

Williams development driver Roy Nissany will enjoy his second official 2021 outing with the British outfit this week in France when he takes part in Friday's opening practice session at Paul Ricard.

Nissany, who took part in FP1 in Spain last month, will take over George Russell's car in the first practice session.

"This weekend we welcome back Roy Nissany who will drive George’s car in FP1," said Dave Robson, Williams' head of vehicle performance.

"As usual, Roy will take an active role in our engineering programme, further evaluating some of the components that we introduced in Azerbaijan.

"His experience of driving at this circuit and his feeling for the car will help us understand the details of the new parts.

"Nicholas [Latifi] will follow a similar programme in FP1, mixing his race preparation with some component testing. George will be back in the car for FP2 and will concentrate on his race preparation."

Nissany is obviously looking forward to putting more F1 mileage under his belt.

"I can’t wait to be back in the car, it’s very addictive!" said the FIA Formula 2 Championship driver.

"Circuit Paul Ricard is a special track for me, I love the layout and have great memories from there. The last sector is usually very challenging, and I can’t wait to experience it in the FW43B."

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As for Russell, who aims to make the Q3 cut and score the team's first championship points this year, the Briton is looking forward to once again give it his all.

"I'm looking forward to going back racing again," he said ."Paul Ricard is a very tricky circuit with numerous different types of corner.
"Turn 11 is one of the most challenging physically, both on the driver and on the car, on the entire calendar and is a joy to drive.

"I'm also looking forward to three races in a row, as we move onward to Austria after France, and the season really starting to hot up."

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