Mercedes in trouble with customer teams over engine reliability – “Hanging on for dear life”

Mercedes is in trouble with their F1 customers regarding their poor engine reliability, with the team admitting to a recent spate of problems.

The German team has been the best engine supplier since the hybrid era began. They supply engines to McLaren, Williams and Aston Martin. However, things haven’t been smooth-sailing under the hood of these cars for a while.

Engine problems saw McLaren take an engine penalty in Turkey. The upcoming race will see Aston Martin and Williams take engine penalties as well. It is not an ideal situation at all, and will not make any of the teams using their engines happy.

As a result, Mercedes is in trouble with their F1 customers regarding their engine reliability.

As quoted by the Race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said at the US Grand Prix, “You can see that we are suffering with reliability this year.

“We’re going onto the sixth engine for Valtteri (Bottas), and it’s not something that we choose to do but, on the contrary, we’re trying to really get on top of the problems, and we haven’t understood fully.

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Mercedes’ engines are facing issues like never before. Source:

“We are a step closer now, so it’s not always that we are literally easy with having the engines (ready). We’re hanging on for dear life supplying all customers, and that is not trivial.”

Maximum effort

Wolff promised that Mercedes will address the issues, but shied away from giving away any further details.

“I wouldn’t want to disclose what it is, for obvious reasons, but it is always a concern,” he continued.

“We are trying to push the performance every year and this year we’ve come to a point where that has cost us points.

“Over the last seven or eight years, that mindset has won us races and championships, so we would have hoped to have less penalties and use less engines but this year it has really hit us hard.

“McLaren and Aston Martin were more fortunate and in that respect, we just have to take it on the chin and do the best possible job,” he concluded.

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