Toto Wolff: “We deal with setbacks together”


Toto Wolff - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Toto Wolff insists the Spanish Grand Prix clash between his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was tough for everyone within the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team, but after internal discussions with both drivers, the focus for the team is now on this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, has revealed that the team will continue to operate in the same fashion as prior to the race in Spain after the conversations that took place behind closed doors.

Heading now to the streets of Monaco for round six of the season, Wolff knows the team must reaffirm themselves at the head of the field, acknowledging that both the Scuderia Ferrari and Red Bull Racing outfits are breathing down their necks.

“Clearly, Barcelona was tough to take,” said Wolff. “We came away upset at an opportunity missed – but this is racing.

“The drivers know how we operate. The team is responsible for giving them the best possible cars and they are responsible for getting the best out of them – and for bringing them home.

“When we let them down, we apologise to and the same goes the other way. It’s a pretty normal culture – we deal with setbacks together and we move on.

“Now, we go to Monaco and a very different challenge. Once again, we have seen our competitors make steps forward which have given us an even bigger battle on our hands.

“Red Bull came out on top in Barcelona after a close fight with Ferrari, so it’s clear that we are under attack from more than one angle. We cannot afford to drop the ball, so we must remain united, remain strong and hit back hard this weekend.”