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Wolff: “There’s no entitlement to a good result because you had a strong showing in the past”

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Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff is looking forward to a successful home race for the team as the Formula 1 World Championship rolls into the home of British Motorsport: Silverstone, for the first of two races at the historic circuit. 

The team, based 15 minutes away in nearby Brackley has won the first three races of the season in Austria and Hungary with Valtteri Bottas winning the season opener and Lewis Hamilton taking the wins at the Styrian and Hungarian Grands Prix. 

Mercedes has had a strong track record with Silverstone, having scored pole position between their drivers line up for the start of every grands prix since 2013, with Hamilton topping the times five of those times. Since the beginning of his career in Formula 1, Lewis has won his home grand prix an incredible six times. 

“We’re looking forward to two races in Silverstone, a track which is just down the road from our factories and feels like home to us,” said Wolff. “We enjoyed very good results at the British Grand Prix in recent years, but we all know Babe Ruth’s famous quote: ‘Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games’.

There’s no entitlement to a good result because you had a strong showing in the past, on the contrary: a successful race will always be the result of the hard work of every single team member and we will have to bring our A-game to stay ahead of our competitors.”

With this weekend’s race the start of another triple header, with the grid rounding off at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain, Wolff hopes the team continues their streak of good reliability shown at the first triple set of races. 

He said: “The first three races have also highlighted another crucial factor: the importance of reliability in this shortened season. We’re one of only two teams that have finished all races with both cars this year and we know how quickly a DNF can make a lead in the points disappear.

“It’s a good reminder to us all that we have to stay vigilant and that even the smallest mistake can cost us many points.”

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