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Mercedes Blame High-Speed Corners for Poor Results at Saudi Arabian GP

“It is clear that we are struggling with the car in the high-speed corners,” Wolff told the media....

The Mercedes death spiral continues as it seems the only thing that may lift them out of it are the upcoming 2026 regulations. This spiral isn’t only ending in poor results on the track, but it’s causing a haemorrhage in staff including seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Everyone is leaving for either Red Bull or Ferrari, and all team principal, Toto Wolff, can come up with is excuses. The Saudi Arabian GP was no different.

Wolff admitted that it “was not a good day for us,” considering Hamilton and George Russell took home ninth and sixth respectively. Why the poor result this time? High-speed corners.

“It is clear that we are struggling with the car in the high-speed corners,” Wolff told the media. “We are competitive elsewhere but in three corners here we are losing about half a second. It was therefore incredibly difficult for the drivers to attack with.”

As the usual spiel goes, Mercedes have learned plenty from the last two races and obviously will “analyse, understand, and improve.”

“It’s clear that we’ve got a lot of work to do, but these tough days make you better,” Wolff concluded.

"It's Not Been Easy to Land the Set-up"

Andrew Shovlin, the team’s trackside engineering director, provided a more thorough explanation for what went wrong in Saudi Arabia.

“Our high-speed performance has been weak, and the car is bouncing in those corners,” he explained. “That contributed to our poor qualifying but also meant we couldn’t challenge Aston Martin and the McLarens in the race.

“We were losing so much time in sector one that we spent the rest of the lap clawing it back.

“Overall, it has been a very frustrating weekend but ultimately one of our own making. We’ve seen glimpses of strong performance, but it’s not been easy to land the set-up in the right place and we’ve clearly got some weaknesses that still need ironing out.”

His worry? Both Melbourne and Jeddah have similar track layouts and that’s where they’re headed next.

“We are going to have to work hard between now and Melbourne to improve,” he added. “The tracks are similar and we don’t want another weekend like this one.”

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