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Sport Reliability key in shortened F1 season, says Mercedes' Wolff

05:06  01 july  2020
05:06  01 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says reliability will be "fundamental" in deciding who emerges on top in the shortened Formula One season, with less margin for error due to the lighter schedule following the coronavirus lockdown.

a train on a steel track: Lewis Hamilton is bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles this season © CLIVE ROSE Lewis Hamilton is bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles this season a body of water: Leclerc in Austria last season © JOE KLAMAR Leclerc in Austria last season

Originally scheduled for 22 grands prix, only eight tightly-controlled races have so far been confirmed with the season to get underway in Austria behind closed doors over the next two weekends.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was won the last two races at Spielberg © JOE KLAMAR Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was won the last two races at Spielberg

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and his rivals will hit the circuit on Friday for the first time since Barcelona testing in February, and Wolff warns they will need to hit the ground running.

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Hamilton said he had spoken to Mercedes F 1 team principal Toto Wolff about standing united. “I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends The season will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix as part of an eight-race European swing.

Mercedes F 1 boss Toto Wolff insists Austra will still be a great spectacle despite the “weirdness” of fans being banned. He said : “I think we know what to Lewis Hamilton says he is bracing himself for a tough time once he gets back behind the wheel of a car this weekend. With a shortened calendar and

"This new calendar and the coronavirus throw new challenges at us," said the 48-year-old Mercedes team principal.

The original opening race in Australia was cancelled at the last-minute after five crew members were quarantined when displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

"Reliability is going to be a fundamental part of the first races. The cars have come out of the containers straight from Australia," Wolff said.

"There is not a lot of time to run them and we will be using every session to learn.

"So a reduced race calendar is a challenge for everybody."

Mercedes also launched their innovative dual axis steering, which can widen or narrow the distance between the front wheels.

Mercedes will be wary of a slow start, however, after their drivers managed just fifth and eighth in 2019 at the Red Bull Ring following a rare double retirement the year before.

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Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff says the push by Red Bull and Ferrari to change new Formula 1 rules is "absurd". Red Bull are keen to ditch the fuel-flow limit that is central to the new efficiency-based F 1 and Ferrari want to shorten races or increase the maximum fuel allowance.

Follow the Mercedes team, one of the most dominant forces of the modern F 1 era, but one boasting a Formula 1 tradition Start the season with an unprecedented five one-two victories, and follow it up with a further 10 wins, thus All-round teamwork, rather than outright pace, is often the key to success.

Ferrari's cars are the only ones not to have beaten their 2019 times in 2020 testing.

"We're not favourites, that's for sure," said the Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.

- Every mistake punished -

Team Haas chief Gunther Steiner also said it would be crucial not to make any early mistakes.

"That is one of the things that we focus on, not to make mistakes," he said.

"Every mistake you make counts more because you have got less opportunities to make up for it.

"No mistakes will not happen, but that is what we focus on to keep consistent."

Steiner said Haas had nothing new to match Mercedes' dual axel, but suggested innovations could be sometimes problematic.

"That's part of why we decided we are not going to develop big upgrades or anything. Because every time you make an upgrade, it takes time to learn about it and how to use it," the Italian added.

"Having not only fewer races, but in a short space of time, one of the most important things is not to make mistakes at any time."

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