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Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Wolff not expecting qualifying improvement

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff doubts that this weekend's qualifying session at the Bahrain Grand Prix will be more entertaining, after the new format was heavily criticised in Australia. Under revised 2016 regulations, drivers are eliminated at 90-second intervals throughout Q1, Q2 and Q3, leaving only two drivers to battle for pole position at the end of the session. However, tyre and fuel limitations meant that drivers often remained in the pits, leaving to an anti-climax, as no-one was on-track at the end of Q3. Teams […]

Posted on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Wolff says qualifying changes are 'rubbish'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the changes to the qualifying format are 'rubbish', after the system was sampled for the first time during the Australian Grand Prix. Drivers are now eliminated during Q1, Q2 and Q3, but several remained in the pit lane during the closing stages, while Lewis Hamilton took his pole position with a few minutes remaining. "I'm the first person to say that we shouldn't talk the sport down but when the evidence is there before your eyes, you cannot shut them […]

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016

Wolff encouraged by Wehrlein, Ocon F1 roles

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that proteges Pascal Wehrlein and Esteban Ocon securing Formula 1 roles on merit is a boost for the sport. Reigning DTM champion Wehrlein, 21, has tested extensively for Mercedes and will graduate to a Formula 1 seat with Manor for the 2016 campaign. Ocon, who claimed the GP3 title in 2015, will replace Wehrlein in Mercedes' DTM line-up and will also act as back-up to Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen at Renault. "We're delighted that Pascal and Esteban will tackle […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wolff wary of 2016 Ferrari challenge

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes must make even more progress in 2016 as it expects a challenge from Ferrari, following an 'amazing' development curve from its Italian rivals. Mercedes had dominated in Formula 1 since power units were introduced at the start of 2014 but Ferrari moved from fourth to second across the two years, claiming three wins in 2015. "I am very pleased with the season," he said. "We've achieved some amazing records this year with the number of pole positions, front row lockouts, […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wolff wary of Mercedes' 2016 task

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the manufacturer will face its toughest challenge in 2016, amid an expected threat from Ferrari. Mercedes has dominated Formula 1 since the introduction of 1.6 litre v6 power units at the start of 2014 but has faced an increased threat from Ferrari, which has claimed three victories in 2015. "We go to Abu Dhabi with the best possible Championship positions secured and a chance to reflect on an incredible year," he explained. "We can all be extremely proud of what […]

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015

Wolff: Mercedes, not drivers, decides strategy

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has dismissed suggestions that Lewis Hamilton should have been allowed to try a different strategy during the Brazilian Grand Prix in a bid to pass team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton trailed Rosberg throughout the race and requested an alternative approach, though Mercedes kept to its strategy of stopping three times. "We have our strategists - and if the drivers in the car start to make their own [decisions] they would lose every single race," Wolff is quoted by the official F1 website. […]

Posted on Monday, November 2, 2015

Wolff explains Mercedes strategy decision

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff explained that the squad's decision to change its strategy during the Mexican Grand Prix was precautionary, after in-race questioning from Lewis Hamilton. Mercedes had intended to adopt a one-stop strategy during the race but Nico Rosberg was called in for a second set of Prime tyres, with Hamilton requested to follow suit a lap later. Hamilton stayed out and queried the team's decision prior to obeying the call and pitting for a second time, before going on to complete a Mercedes […]

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2015

Mercedes: Reliability not up to standard

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has admitted that Mercedes' reliability has not been up to standard, following a sequence of retirements for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg since the summer break. Rosberg was forced to retire in Italy and Russia due to mechanical woes, while Hamilton was unable to finish in Singapore. Mercedes had beforehand enjoyed strong reliability in 2015, having claimed nine double-podium finishes across the start of the season. "We, as a team, must make absolutely sure that our drivers have everything they need […]

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015

Wolff hails Mercedes' second world title

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailed his squad after it claimed back-to-back Constructors' championships at the Russian Grand Prix. Mercedes claimed victory through Lewis Hamilton and opened up an unassailable 172 point lead over nearest rival Ferrari. Wolff nonetheless accepted the day was bittersweet after early leader Nico Rosberg was forced to retire with a throttle problem. "That was a day with every possible emotion: a bittersweet day on track, then a tense wait - and finally a confirmation that we have won a second world […]

Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015

Mercedes eyes second Constructors' crown

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the outfit heads into this weekend's Russian Grand Prix optimistic that it can secure a second straight Constructors' Championship. Mercedes clinched the 2014 teams' title in Russia last year and currently holds a 169 point lead over nearest rivals Ferrari. Mercedes requires a 172 point advantage over Ferrari after the race to clinch the title, meaning that it needs to gain three points on the Italian outfit, a feat Wolff is sure is achievable. "We return to Russia with […]

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wolff explains decision not to supply Red Bull

Toto Wolff has explained why Mercedes declined Red Bull's request to supply the team with power units from next season. Red Bull is heading towards a divorce with current partner Renault and sounded out Mercedes over a potential engine deal for 2016. Mercedes rejected Red Bull's approach, meaning that the squad is now reliant on being powered by Ferrari from next year. "We decided with our board that we as an engine supplier - and as a team - have worked hard and long to […]

Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015

Wolff 'proud' of seventh Mercedes 1-2

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is proud of the efforts of his squad as it collected its seventh 1-2 finish from 11 races in 2015. Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory while Nico Rosberg recovered from a poor start to take second, as the pair finished half a minute ahead of third-placed Romain Grosjean. "I'm very proud of the team after today's result - and especially to get a 1-2 finish at Spa, which is such a difficult and demanding circuit to master," he said. […]