Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “We’re set for an entertaining end to the year”

Wintertests 2016, Test 1, Barcelona. Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS

Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport‘s Toto Wolff is looking to continue the German squad’s brilliant performance in Belgium, where they took victory with Nico Rosberg and were able to salvage a place on the podium for Lewis Hamilton after the Brit started from the back of the grid, at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

“We go to Monza in high spirits after a positive weekend by all measures in Spa.

“Nico drove a perfect race, while a combination of skilled driving and decisive strategy calls meant taking the penalty for Lewis turned out to be far less detrimental than we could even have dared to hope.”

The Austrian commended the whole teams effort as they made the best of what could have been a very trying weekend for the championship leaders.

“On top of that, the tremendous job by the guys in the garage proved how strong we are as a unit. They were faultless, with no incident whatsoever on the engines.

“We’re entering a busy final phase of the season, so to see that level of performance in such tough circumstances is encouraging for the road ahead.”

Wolff is aware of the close battle currently being played out between his two drivers in the championship table, and believes it will go down to the wire before it is clear who will emerge victorious, leaving him with many sleepless nights to come!

“Eight races remain, with just nine points separating our drivers now. It has been bouncing in both directions – and my gut feeling is we will go long into the season before we see who comes out on top.”

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the Constructor’s Championship standings, 181 points clear of second placed Red Bull Racing, the 44-year-old is not ready to take anything for granted, particularly as their competition have been inching ever closer in recent races.

“On top of that, we have already seen our opposition come back stronger after the break – even if luck was not on their side at the last race.

“If things continue as they have been, we’re set for an entertaining end to the year.”