Brown: Bottas speeches – Mercedes weak spotNovember 28, 2018
This year, Mercedes won the title of the Designers’ Cup for the fifth time in a row. Sports Director of Formula 1 Ross Brown said that the only drawback of their season were the performances of Valtteri Bottas …
Ross Brown: “If you can find any flaw in the season of Mercedes, then this performance of Valtteri Bottas, who was not lucky, and for him this year was difficult. He had several opportunities to win the race, but he was hampered by either bad luck, like in Baku, or a rare case of team tactics, which can be understood, because Mercedes wanted to achieve maximum results in both offsets. As a result, by the end of the season, the Valtteri did not look very pleased.
When there are so many victories, and a successful period lasts for so long, there is a temptation to be content with what has been achieved. This can be avoided only if you constantly raise the bar. First, only Ferrari at the time of Schumacher managed to win five titles in a row, and I had the honor to work as technical director of this team. I remember that every year we thought that next season we should start from scratch, and past successes did not guarantee us an increase in speed, because in Formula 1 we can not stop.
This is exactly what Mercedes managed under the leadership of Toto Wolff – they avoided panic, realizing that they were inferior to Ferrari, and made even more efforts. “