Toto Wolff on Mercedes’ dominance: “The gaps are nothing”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he doesn’t believe Mercedes to be head and shoulders above the competition in 2020.

With Mercedes dominantly winning the first three races of 2020, many are saying the championship will be fought between Mercedes’ two drivers.

Lewis Hamilton currently leads the championship, followed by team-mate Valtteri Bottas and the first non-Mercedes driver is Max Verstappen with a 30 point deficit to the Briton. Still Toto Wolff doesn’t thing the championship is over.

“I’m not sure I’ve seen the competition fall apart,” said Wolff.

“You can see that Red Bull was struggling all through the [Hungarian Grand Prix] weekend, and then they had a pretty decent race car, a car that didn’t look like it could start and the mechanics did a really awesome job in the car there.

“The gaps are nothing. If you look at the drivers’ points standings, it’s 30 points after three races that we have with Lewis to Max, so you have one DNF, and the gap is gone.

“You just need to keep going.”

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There’s no denying Mercedes’ success, however Wolff can’t attribute it to a specific area of improvement.

“I think it’s never one thing — is the aerodynamic concept right, or was the engine development done with the right strategies?

“It’s a multitude of points that come together, different aspects coming together, it’s the investment in the right resource, it’s the amount of innovation that we’re able to extract from our research and development.

“Fundamentally, it all comes down to the people that are in charge. We have seen over the years that generation after generation have come up, have taken responsibility and accountability and have added to the team’s performance, and it is not only on the engineering side which we talk all the time, but it’s in every single area.

“It’s marketing, it’s communications, it’s social media, it’s sponsorship — this is what makes the team more successful I believe.

“Nevertheless, we mustn’t be carried away with thinking that we are the greatest, because then you start quickly losing,” concluded the Austrian.


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