Wolff Determined to see Mercedes put Car Problems Behind Them at Silverstone


Toto Wolff wants both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to be fighting at the front this weekend at Silverstone - Credit: Steve Etherington

Toto Wolff feels the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team arrive at Silverstone looking to make amends for their performances during the last two races, despite Valtteri Bottas’ victory last weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

The Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport has expressed his desire to maximise their results, something they haven’t done in either Azerbaijan or Austria, and he lays no blame on the hands of drivers Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton has not finished on the podium in either of those races due to circumstances out of his control, with a headrest problem at the Baku City Circuit and a gearbox penalty in Austria, and Wolff wants both drivers to be fighting at the very front of the field in every race, starting this weekend in Great Britain.

“The British Grand Prix is one of the highlights of any Formula One season,” said Wolff. “It’s a combination of the history of the circuit, the knowledge and racing culture of the fans, unpredictable weather conditions and, of course, the unique feeling of racing just a few kilometres from our factories.

“From the team’s perspective, we come to Silverstone with a feeling of unfinished business and needing to put things right, even though we took the win in Austria. In both Baku and Spielberg, we left points on the table that were there for the taking because of car problems that had nothing to do with our drivers. We are determined to make sure that doesn’t happen in Silverstone.”

Wolff is hopeful that the W08 will suit Silverstone this weekend, but says the team will need to be at the top of their game to ensure their drivers have the best possible chance of victory, and he believes seeing the 2017 cars will be an awesome sight for the fans.

“Silverstone is a circuit that we hope will suit our car,” said Wolff. “It is a very different challenge to the most recent tracks, with its sweeping corners putting the emphasis on aerodynamic efficiency. It will be an awesome sight to see these 2017 cars defying the laws of physics in the fast corners and we are all excited to see that.

“It’s clear that as a team, we need to give the drivers the right platform to express their talents – and that means delivering on our own high standards of performance and reliability. We are absolutely capable of both and we need to turn that capability into points this weekend.”