Mercedes eyeing swift bounce back


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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff wants to see a rebound this weekend at Silverstone from a nightmare Austrian Grand Prix.

Wolff suggests Mercedes must try to put ‘the worst weekend we’ve had in a very long time’ behind them at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

World champion Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas both suffered car failures and failed to complete the Austrian Grand Prix last Sunday.

That was enough to see Hamilton slide behind Sebastian Vettel by a point in the drivers’ championship.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen claimed the win in Austria with Ferrari’s Vettel home in third behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton will have his eye on a slice of history come Sunday at Silverstone.

The Briton will become the first man to win five straight British Grand Prix should be take the chequered flag on Sunday.

For Wolff, it is important to quickly move on from the Austrian disappointment.

“We come to Silverstone on the back of the worst weekend we’ve had in a very long time,” he said.

“We are determined to put up a hard fight on home turf and come back with a strong result – one that is worthy of our drivers’ performance, our fans’ passion and the Mercedes brand.”

Hamilton first tasted victory in his home Grand Prix back in 2008 before then going on to claim four on the bounce between 2014 and 2017.

Hamilton is 1.80 to win Sunday’s race, with Vettel 4.75 and last weekend’s winner Verstappen priced at 7.00 to come out on top at Silverstone.

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