Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “We will let them battle it out on track”


Formel 1 - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Großer Preis von Malaysia 2016. Lewis Hamilton ; Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Malaysian GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton;

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff hopes the team can pick themselves up from Malaysia and continue to push heading into Japan.

With a retirement and a podium finish, Wolff could consider Malaysia a disappointment for Mercedes after starting on the front row.

“Last weekend was a particularly tough one. But words won’t change that now. We pick ourselves up, brush the dust off and look ahead to the next race. With regards to Lewis, we’ve talked amongst ourselves and said “how is this possible?” But there is no rational explanation or pattern in these failures.”

Wolff praised Lewis Hamilton’s maturity after his engine failure while leading the race, the Mercedes boss will work with the driver to bounce back in the Championship.

“Despite his frustration, he has been trying to pick the team up and we admire him even more than ever for that. We will bounce back from this together. It’s tough when these things come at a crucial point in a Championship battle. It’s a massive blow to his campaign. But the Championship isn’t over yet.”

With only five races to go, the title race may go down to last race of the season but Wolff does not want to think about the Championship until it is won.

“We will let them battle it out on track over the next five races – hopefully without any reliability woes – and then see where we are. One thing is for sure – we are not going to talk any more about winning Championships before it has happened. We will keep both feet on the ground and do the best we can in every area until the job is done.”