Toto Wolff: “Are we back in utter domination? No, we are not”

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes had “the quickest package” at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, but “Abu Dhabi will be much more difficult”.

At the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Mercedes scored its first win of the 2022 season, and it was an amazing 1-2 victory.

Despite this, team boss Toto Wolff says the team is not suddenly a dominant force again.

“We had the quickest package all through this weekend,” Wolff said.

“Whether it was on the Soft tyre, on the Medium, we were quickest.

“It is why I think it is just the sum of the parts of the developments that have been brought to the car, the good work that was done on the power unit side, and we’ve seen the positive trend over the last three races.

“Are we back in utter domination? No, we are not. On paper, Abu Dhabi will be much more difficult for us because we are still too draggy, but we know why.

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“I think we know why we were better, [but] do we know why were so far ahead of everyone this weekend? We don’t.”

Toto then explained how proud he was of the whole team, for their hard work on improving the troubled W13.

“I think the development capability of the team makes me super proud. We had situations where we felt that we understood [the car’s issues] and then there were setbacks, like the tremendously difficult weekend in Spa.

“But the team never stopped believing that we were on the right trajectory. [We acknowledged] that we didn’t always understand everything, but it shows the mindset and values of the team.

“I feel so proud for what [has been] achieved, and even more proud that what we’ve built with so many people can keep it up and made us win today,” Wolff concluded.

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