Formula 1

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “It’s a really interesting dynamic”

1 Mins read
Toto Wolff - Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team

Toto Wolff believes it is all still to play for between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton as the two do battle for the World Drivers’ Championship in the final two race of the season, starting this weekend at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Brazil.

The Head of Mercedes Benz Motorsport believes Rosberg will experience pressure like he’s never had before as he looks to clinch his maiden title, although Wolff expects him to handle it well, all while team-mate Hamilton breathes down his neck after victories in the last two Grand Prix in the United States and Mexico.

“Mexico brought us the best possible result from a race which was far from straightforward,” said Wolff. “It also leaves us with a fascinating scenario heading to Brazil.

“For Nico, all this talk of just needing to finish second in order to make it to the end is over. He has it in his hands. If he wins the race in Brazil, he is Champion. We’ve seen many races, particularly in the second half of this season, where he has coped well under pressure. But, mentally, I think this new situation is actually a bit easier in terms of tackling the situation with a little less pressure, as he still has another chance in Abu Dhabi.

“Equally, Lewis knows what he must do to keep his title hopes alive. He will never back down and that’s what makes him one of the great ones. He has three Championships and 51 victories under his belt – and no matter the outcome this year, we all know there will be more to come. It’s a really interesting dynamic and great for the fans.”

Wolff believes the team have maxed out their performance under the current regulations, which is why some teams are moving closer to their level, but the team are still focused on maximising everything they can across the final two races of the season.

“As a team, we will do all in our power to provide both with the opportunities they need,” said Wolff. “We’re maxed out on performance, as is normal at the end of a regulation cycle, and when that happens everything becomes more marginal.

“This is where we find ourselves right now, so we must remain focused on every last detail.”

12247 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Articles
Related posts
Formula 1

"We're on the verge of becoming very big" - Mick Schumacher

2 Mins read
The Uralkali Haas F1 Team are getting ready for their first home Grand Prix since 2019 at COTA, whereas rookie drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin are preparing for their first visit to the circuit.
Formula 1

"COTA has lots of character" - George Russell

1 Mins read
George Russell has his eyes set on getting back into the points this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas, whereas Nicholas Latifi is preparing for his first weekend at the track.
Formula 1

Turkish Grand Prix the ‘perfect territory for the intermediates’ – Mario Isola

1 Mins read
The intermediate tyre showed just how versatile it was during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, according to Pirelli’s Mario Isola.