According to Toto Wolff, the fact that Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton no longer have to prove anything gives them an edge over Max Verstappen and Red Bull.
With five races to go, the team bosses also shift up a gear off the track. Toto Wolff in particular seems to be in shape in recent days. Speaking to SpeedWeek, he likes to look ahead to the final races of the season and emphasize that the battle with Red Bull is nothing new for everyone at Mercedes .
“It is true that we often only competed internally for the drivers’ title, but not so long ago Sebastian Vettel on behalf of Ferrari was ahead of us when we went into the summer break. If you look at it that way, this situation is not news to us Even if it’s hyped , it’s just normal for us,” the Austrian reasons.
He quickly realized this season that it could be an exciting battle with Red Bull. “At the beginning of the year we saw that the new rules were hindering us. After that the momentum went back and forth. We were back in the lead, but in Austin Red Bull was just a bit better and they deserved to win.”
“It will probably go up and down again until the last race of the year. There are days when we are clearly fastest in the morning practice, but then miss the mark in terms of set-up in the afternoon. For example, in Austin that happened, so nothing is certain.”
According to Wolff, his team and Lewis Hamilton at least have an advantage over Max Verstappen. “We have a good car now and understand it better than before. Our advantage is that we have nothing left to prove. That makes it easier for us. I can’t talk about others, but we have built up enough confidence for this situation where we in,” said the Austrian.