Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has to give everything to make up for the twelve points behind Max Verstappen . It is expected that the upcoming races in Mexico and Brazil could prove to be a tough one for the German team. Despite the Red Bull Racing team being a towering favorite on the upcoming circuits, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff remains combative. “We have seen this season that anything is possible.”
With this, the Austrian is referring to the fact that so-called Red Bull circuits have turned out to be Mercedes circuits this season and vice versa. Verstappen unexpectedly won the previous Grand Prix in the United States, because traditionally the Mercedes team is very strong there. Wolff puts his finger on the sore spot in an interview with the German RTL , but certainly sees opportunities for Mercedes and Hamilton. “We just didn’t perform well enough in Austin. We saw in that race that motorsport cannot be predicted, so we also have a good chance in the coming races.’
According to Wolff, the Mercedes team can draw hope from the past. The team has been dominant in the world of Formula 1 in recent years . Still, Wolff says that this stamp is unjustified. “We’ve been in the fighter position before. People quickly forget that we were also behind Ferrari in 2017 and 2018′, the Austrian looks back. “Of course you’d rather be 12 points ahead, but we still have five races in which 133 points can be awarded.
Wolff foresees problems for Mercedes
The upcoming races in Mexico City and Sao Paolo will be held at height and in previous years the Mercedes engine had a lot of trouble with that. The Mercedes boss does not foresee much else this year. “We are now twelve points behind and one should not expect us to be at our strongest level in the next two races,” predicts the Austrian. “If things go as expected in the next two races, Lewis will soon be about 37 points behind Verstappen.”
Nevertheless, Wolff remains focused on the races that follow after Brazil. The gap must be closed and the last race will decide everything. “We have to be very focused in the last three races to score the maximum points. We have to give ourselves another chance to win the championship. Purely mathematically, the chance is now 45 percent that we can win the championship. But Formula 1 doesn’t work with mathematics, because the momentum can turn quickly again,” concludes Wolff.