Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says his team’s current struggles are going to make them stronger “in the long run”.
For the first time in quite some time, Mercedes is struggling to keep up with another team, in this case Red Bull.
Toto Wolff thinks the struggle is necessary to keep the team’s “immune system” firing on all cylinders.
“It’s a very enjoyable life experiment that I see ourselves in,” the Austrian said.
“I think we have a great mindset in the team and the values that we have are the immune system of the team.
“The immune system means, you need to function when things are going bad and after seven consecutive championships, we are in a situation that we are fighting a tough battle at the moment against all odds as it stands.
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“That is… I wouldn’t say enjoyable is the right word, but that is a new experience that is going to make us stronger in the long run and every day is a new learning experience and every day makes us stronger, even if we have so many consecutive weekends that are tough.
“I think we will look back many years from now and say ‘that was necessary’.”
Wolff goes on to explain how the team’s level-headed mindset is of great importance in these trying times.
“All these years I have tried to keep our feet on the ground by not being carried away with performance and now I need to do the opposite.
“We are not going to give up at that stage of the season, we are not going to give up at any time unless it is not mathematically possible anymore to win this championship.
“Therefore, we need to see things optimistically rather than pessimistically like we have done in the past and there are various things to take away even from such a day as today,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.