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Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “You need to take it one race at a time”

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Toto Wolff said it was important to show they'd learned from their mistakes of Monaco in Canada - Credit: Steve Etherington

Toto Wolff is looking to maintain the momentum carried over from the Canadian Grand Prix into a strong race weekend in Azerbaijan, but knows it is easier said than done, especially in 2017.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas gave the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team their first 1-2 finish of the season at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, something that Wolff, the Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, was satisfied to see after struggling so much in the previous race in Monaco.

“Seeing all the analysis that had been done after Monaco come together so well in Canada gave us great satisfaction,” admitted Wolff. “Now, it’s about maintaining that momentum.

“That’s the nice bit and also the difficult bit in Formula One. The last race doesn’t count any more. You’re being benchmarked constantly on the current performance. Public companies issue reports four times per year. We do it 20 times, on a very public platform – the race track.”

Wolff feels it was important for Mercedes to show they were prepared to act on their Monaco struggles, and they did so in the best possible way with Hamilton’s sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory and Bottas’ third podium in Montreal.

“When you have a bad day, you can either be downbeat about it or pull yourself up and start to act on it,” said Wolff. “This is what we have done. We moved on – and these are the days that make you progress much more than the good days.

“Like the old saying goes, success is a lousy teacher. Every time we’ve had a difficult weekend we have come back stronger. And that speaks volumes for the people in this team.”

Wolff insists Mercedes are taking this long championship season one race at a time, especially with how close the battle with Scuderia Ferrari is in 2017.

“In this season, where it’s so close, you need to take it one race at a time and try to have the best package at each race – chassis, Power Unit, and drivers,” said Wolff. “This is how we are approaching it and that’s the only way.

“It’s a long Championship. There will be weekends that are good and ones that are not so good. It’s about making the best out of it each time – maximising the points that are on the table during the difficult times and bringing the trophies home when everything does come together.”

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