Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: Drivers “pushing each other to new heights” in 2016


Toto Wolff sees Malaysia as their second home race - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Toto Wolff sees Malaysia as their second home with partners Petronas hugely influential in Malaysia, and the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport admits that a victory around the Sepang International Circuit this weekend would mean a lot to everyone involved.

“To win in what feels like our second home, in front of thousands of friends and partners from Petronas, would be very special,” said Wolff.

Wolff enjoyed the Singapore Grand Prix especially with Nico Rosberg taking a tense victory ahead of Red Bull Racing‘s Daniel Ricciardo, and felt it was a good race for Formula 1.

“We saw Formula One at its best in Singapore. Just like in football, where you have good games and bad ones, this was a classic. I’m proud of the team for how we bounced back after last year and we take our hats off to Red Bull and Daniel too, as they made it a huge battle.”

The Mercedes boss wants the team and drivers to bounce back from a disappointing Malaysian Grand Prix in 2015 where Sebastian Vettel took his first victory as a Ferrari driver with Lewis Hamilton and Rosberg being forced to settle for second and third.

“Like Singapore, this was a race where we underperformed last year, so we will need to push hard to put that right. We can guarantee that the drivers will be doing just that. This year more than ever, we’ve seen that they are pushing each other to new heights.

“We’re entering a gruelling phase of this record 21 race season, where the physical and mental challenge of a Championship reaches its absolute peak. We’re in good shape – but we must remain on our toes to get the ball over the line.”