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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Mercedes set for junior programme

Mercedes is set to invest further in their young driver programme next season in order to rival those of their Formula 1 counterparts. Mercedes supports several youngsters - including Force India's Daniel Juncadella and Caterham's Roberto Merhi - but it does not have a de facto Formula 1 programme compared to rivals Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. Red Bull has invested heavily in young drivers, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo both graduates of the junior programme, while Ferrari has Marussia's Jules Bianchi and GP2 […]

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014

Mercedes receptive to relaxed engine rules

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that the German manufacturer could be open to the possibility of engine rules being relaxed in a bid to aid rivals close the gap to 2014's leading team. Mercedes has won nine of the 12 races this season and holds a commanding advantage in both championships. Renault and Ferrari have recently called for the engine rules to be relaxed, with Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci claiming that such a move would be positive for the sport. Currently there is […]

Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014

Mercedes not ruling out driver lineup change

Right at the front of the grid, the 2015 'silly season' is threatening to burst into life. On paper, the top teams - Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull - are all locked up contractually. But Romain Grosjean, the Lotus driver looking for a change of scene, thinks Fernando Alonso is still the "key" that could unlock a torrent of action. Jenson Button, also waiting on his future, isn't so sure. "I don't really think he (Alonso) is the key," said the 2009 world champion. "I […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Furious Wolff hits out at unacceptable risk

Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff has criticised Nico Rosberg's actions after the German driver made contact with team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the Belgian Grand Prix. Rosberg clipped Hamilton at Les Combes, giving the Briton a puncture and dropping him down the order. Rosberg carried on to second place while Hamilton retired during the closing stages of the race. "Unacceptable risk," Wolff told Sky Sports F1 as he struggled to retain his composure. "This is an absolutely unacceptable race for us, for out drivers on lap […]

Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014

Lotus close to Mercedes engine deal admits Wolff

Mercedes' Toto Wolff has admitted Lotus is close to securing F1's field-leading V6 engine for the 2015 season. Enstone based Lotus has struggled with Renault power this year and it is an open paddock secret that a deal with Mercedes has essentially been struck. When asked about Lotus' expected Mercedes tie-up, with current customer McLaren switching to Honda, Wolff told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "At the moment everything is going in that direction." It is believed dissatisfied Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is simply waiting for […]

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wolff advised Verstappen to sign with Red Bull

Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes came close to signing up Max Verstappen. Ultimately, the 16-year-old Dutchman and his father-manager Jos went with Red Bull's famous driver programme, after Dr Helmut Marko promised him a race seat for 2015 at Toro Rosso. "We had several meetings with Jos and Max," Wolff, Mercedes' motor sport chief, confirmed to the German newspaper Bild. "He is certainly a great talent, but we would not and could not guarantee him a seat with us in Formula One. "So I advised […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wolff: Reliability Mercedes's key focus

Head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff believes that improving reliability must be the squad's main focus as the Formula 1 season re-commences in Belgium this weekend. Mercedes has a comfortable lead in the Constructors' championship but has endured reliability problems across the past three events; Nico Rosberg was forced to retire at Silverstone, while failures rendered Lewis Hamilton to the back of the grid at Hockenheim and the Hungaroring. "Looking ahead to Spa, and also reflecting on our recent performances, it is clear that reliability […]

Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2014

Rosberg: Safety Car ruined race

Nico Rosberg believes that the timing of the first Safety Car ruined his chances of victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Rosberg led away from pole in wet conditions before the Safety Car was deployed due to Marcus Ericsson's accident. Rosberg, along with several others, missed the pit entry and had to wait another lap, dropping down the order as a result. The German eventually recovered to fourth place, although he saw his lead over Lewis Hamilton trimmed to 11 points after his team-mate recovered […]

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wolff injured in cycling accident

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff has been injured in a cycling accident ahead of this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. Members of the Mercedes Formula 1 team were cycling in a team-building exercise in Vienna when the accident occurred. Wolff suffered a fractured shoulder, collarbone, elbow and wrist and has since been released from hospital. "We've decided to leave it to the pros now," Wolff joked on Mercedes's official Twitter account. "Lewis [Hamilton] & Nico [Rosberg] are better wheel to wheel at 300 km/h than we […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wolff eager to extend Hamilton deal

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff says preliminary talks have begun with Lewis Hamilton over a new long-term contract. Hamilton joined Mercedes at the start of 2013 and still has 18 months left on his current deal. Team-mate Nico Rosberg, whose contract was set to expire at the end of 2014, signed a new multi-year deal last week, which is set to tie him to Mercedes until the end of 2016. Wolff confirmed that he is now keen to see the current driver pairing retained for […]

Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014

Mercedes understands Canada problems says Wolff

Mercedes already understands the issue that in Canada ended the dominant team's run of one-two victories. In Montreal, championship leader Nico Rosberg fell to second behind F1's newest winner Daniel Ricciardo, while the sister W05 of Lewis Hamilton failed to finish. Reports this week said the technical problems with both cars began almost simultaneously, when the energy recovery systems overheated. "We were trying a new cooling system for the first time. It seems the new software went crazy," team boss Toto Wolff told Bild newspaper […]

Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014

Rosberg not feeling comfortable in W05

Championship leader Nico Rosberg says he is not yet feeling comfortable in the Mercedes W05 Hybrid at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. Rosberg missed most of the first practice session following an ERS cooling issue but returned to the circuit for the second session, where he set the second quickest time behind Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton. "The team have done a great job during the short break that we have had since China," he said." We have brought some new upgrade parts here to Barcelona […]