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Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wolff urges Mercedes to stay focused

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the squad must stay focused in order to ensure that it is not eclipsed by rivals across the remainder of the 2015 campaign. Mercedes holds a comfortable lead in the Constructors' championship but was unable to take victory in Hungary after being usurped at the start by Ferrari, the second time this year that Mercedes has missed out on top spot. Formula 1 reconvenes in Belgium this weekend, where last year Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided on the […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wolff: Ferrari form a 'wake up call'

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Ferrari's form during the early stages of the season - including its win at the Malaysian Grand Prix - acted as a 'wake up call' for the reigning champions. Mercedes registered a comfortable 1-2 in Australia but was undone at the second round in Malaysia, where Sebastian Vettel secured victory for Ferrari. Mercedes responded by winning the next seven races until Vettel returned to the top step of the podium in Hungary, as neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg […]

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015

Wolff delighted by Mercedes superiority

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he is delighted with the speed shown by the manufacturer at the Austrian Grand Prix, as the squad secured another 1-2 finish. Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to victory, while Felipe Massa's Mercedes-powered Williams collected third, as seven of the top 10 finishers used Mercedes power units. "I'm very happy with the result, especially at my and Niki [Lauda]'s home circuit here in Spielberg. "It's even more special because we have three Mercedes engines in the top three for the […]

Posted on Monday, June 8, 2015

Wolff praises Mercedes performance

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hailed the performance of his squad as it collected a 1-2 finish at the Canadian Grand Prix. Mercedes came in for criticism following the pit decision which cost Lewis Hamilton victory in Monaco and Wolff says that the squad's display at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was the perfect response, as Hamilton led home team-mate Nico Rosberg. "Our guys on the pit wall did the perfect job managing the fine line between allowing the drivers to race each other and keeping the […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mercedes: No room for complacency

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the squad's error at the Monaco Grand Prix highlights that there can be no room for complacency in Formula 1. Mercedes pitted Lewis Hamilton under the Safety Car but made a miscalculation, costing the Briton the lead and relegating him to third position, behind team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. "Monaco has been tough for all of us to swallow," Wolff admitted. "You can never afford to drop points and this was a reminder that any error can […]

Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wolff apologises to Hamilton for pit error

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after a controversial decision to pit the World Champion during the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix. Hamilton had led throughout and held a 20 second advantage over team-mate Nico Rosberg when the Safety Car was deployed following Max Verstappen's accident. Mercedes opted to pit Hamilton for fresh tyres but a time misjudgement handed the lead to Rosberg, while Hamilton emerged from the pits in third position. While Rosberg went on to claim a third […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hamilton completes new Mercedes deal

Lewis Hamilton's future has been resolved after it was announced that the reigning World Champion has extended his contract with Mercedes. Hamilton, who joined from McLaren at the start of 2013, has agreed a new deal which will keep him at Mercedes until the end of 2018. "Mercedes is my home and I couldn't be happier to be staying here for another three years," he said. "This is a company filled with real passionate racers, from the board room to the factory floor, and an […]

Posted on Monday, May 11, 2015

Wolff pleased with Mercedes development

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the squad's 1-2 finish at the Spanish Grand Prix is encouraging for future races, due to the stern test provided by the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Nico Rosberg claimed his first victory of the campaign while a three stop strategy enabled Lewis Hamilton to move ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who finished 45 seconds adrift of race winner Rosberg. "Nico did the perfect job: he had a great start, built the gaps that he needed and made his two-stop strategy work […]

Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2015

Wolff confirms brake problems for Mercedes

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered from brake problems during the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton lost several seconds as he backed off on the final lap on his way to victory while Rosberg went wide at the first corner and conceded second position to Kimi Raikkonen. "[It's a] huge relief as both cars lost brake-by-wire one and a half laps to the end and that leaves you unable to defend, shame for Nico as […]

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015

Wolff says Ferrari win positive for Formula 1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Ferrari's victory at the expense of the reigning champions in Malaysia is good news for Formula 1. Wolff's outfit was defeated in a straight fight - without the interference of wet weather, reliability or collisions - for the first time since the new regulations were introduced at the start of the 2014 campaign. "We were beaten fair and square by Ferrari and Sebastian [Vettel], who did a fantastic job, and I'm not sure we could have matched their long […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wolff optimistic of Hamilton contract resolution

Toto Wolff says that he is hopeful Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton can thrash out a new deal before the first round of the season begins in Australia next month. Hamilton's three year deal with the German marque expires at the end of the upcoming campaign, though both parties have repeatedly expressed their desire to continue their relationship into 2016. Wolff is optimistic that Mercedes can renew with World Champion Hamilton, who is now negotiating for himself after splitting with XIX Entertainment in 2014. "It is […]

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Alonso 'an alternative, not a priority' says Wolff

Talks to renew world champion Lewis Hamilton's contract are finally looming, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has announced. The British driver's current contract expires at the end of this year, and Wolff has already declared that Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas are at the front of the queue should Hamilton not stay. Indeed, Germany's Sport Bild claims that Spaniard Alonso has a corresponding exit clause in his new McLaren-Honda deal. "I cannot comment," Wolff insisted. "Only this: it's always good to be prepared for all […]