• IN WORDS: This is a Major Wake-Up Call - Toto

Toto talks through a difficult race weekend for the team in Canada...

'Everybody needs to assess how to improve'

Spirits were high heading into the Canadian Grand Prix, with our car typically going well at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but we didn't prove to be the benchmark this time round.

"I think this is a major wake-up call for every single member of the team," Toto said after the race, where Valtteri and Lewis finished P2 and P5.

"Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance, to optimise those marginal gains that make all the difference.

"We went to Montreal expecting our car to be really strong and we are leaving Montreal seeing that we haven't been where we thought we should be.

"You need to find the right balance between pushing the development very hard and at the same time keeping reliability.

"This team has been extremely strong in the past at keeping reliability at a high level. That is not something that worries me.

"It is more that we have seen Ferrari has had the stronger car here. Stronger in qualifying, stronger in the race. At no point did we have a real chance of fighting for the win."

'Can't take anything for granted'

Previously, teams would head into a weekend knowing whether a track would play to their strengths or not. But, with the three leading contenders so close on pace, that isn't the case anymore. 

"There's not really a pattern," Toto explained. "Before, on some tracks we were dominant and on others we struggled but somehow this year the margins have become so tight.

"If we look at the fastest lap of the race, it is five cars within a tenth of a second.

"That is why this year's Championship is going to be decided by who makes the least mistakes and brings the best development onto the Power Unit on every single weekend. That is the new reality.

"It's a three-way fight. Six cars can win races. You can't take anything for granted. You can't go to Montreal and think it is going to be a walk in the park.

"That's the kind of wake-up call you get."