Formula 1 Team Mercedes, finished with both cars out of the points for the first time in 55 races on Sunday as Hamilton dropped from second to 15th after the late race restart and Valtteri Bottas struggled all weekend in the other car.

Although Losing ground to leaders Red Bull in the constructors’ championship, Mercedes’ seven-point haul from the Monaco and Baku GPs is their lowest two-race total since before Hamilton joined in 2012.

While the team were on for at least 18 points due to Max Verstappen’s crash before Hamilton fell down the order, Wolff believes the unique street circuit layouts just didn’t suit the W12.

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“In Monaco and here we didn’t have a car that was competitive, full stop,” Wolff told Sky F1. “We lose all the time in the twisty old town, and this is what happened in Monaco.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W12 locks up under braking and runs wide at the restart of the race.
06.06.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 6, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Baku Street Circuit, Azerbaijan, Race Day.
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“You could see in the middle sector, we were really close, we were quicker on the straight – but the middle sector was just a total shocker.”

However, Toto Wolff, who also highlighted issues with Mercedes’ race starts and “operational mistakes”, continued: “It’s not a shocker that a car that has won three races is now nowhere. It’s not. We know the deficits, we’ve seen that in this particular part of the tracks and we know that we have gaps that we just need to overcome.”

Speaking in a post-race Mercedes video on social media, Wolff said the weekend was “such a painful experience”. “We weren’t good enough and if we want to win this championship we need to bring our A-game,” he stated. “We need to give the drivers a car that is competitive and I guess we were only in a position to win the race because Max shunted out. It’s going to hurt for a few days, but we’ll bring our top game to the next race.”

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