Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff doesn’t believe that “easy story” that Ferrar’s latest upgrades were key to its surprise Singapore Grand Prix triumph.
A raft of updates appeared on Ferrari’s SF90 in Singapore, including a new floor, diffuser, rear wing, nose and Mercedes-pioneered “cape” section.
Ferrar’s Charles Leclerc qualified on pole and Sebastian Vettel won the Grand Prix.
“That's the easy story that is told,” he said. “I think it is about having a strong package overall and getting things right. They tuned the car for one lap, which was powerful [in qualifying]. You could see that they were nowhere in race pace but very quick from the get-go. If we would've had fewer safety cars, we would've had a good car at the end and maybe an opportunity to even win the race. But it wasn't the right strategy, it wasn't the right calls.”
“I think this is not about upgrades, this is about doing the best out of the package,” Wolff stressed. “They have a tremendously powerful engine, which is an important ingredient that allows you maybe more strategic choices on set-up, but this is no excuse."