Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says “whether second or third in the constructors’ world championship is not so relevant compared to really racing and being at the front”.
With another double-podium at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes has closed to within 30 points of Ferrari, and if that trend continues, the German team could finish the 2022 season in second place.
However, Toto Wolff says this is not important for him.
“Second, [is the] first loser,” the Austrian said.
“I think that for me personally, whether second or third in the constructors’ world championship is not so relevant compared to really racing and being at the front and developing the car so we can win races on merit.
“Beat the Ferraris, beat the Red Bull and prepare for next year rather than really care about the championship position.
“I would have rather had more wins and less podiums. We are humbled, but we are striving for race victories rather than second and third.
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“But if they are on merit like today, then it’s a good step forward.”
Wolff then said the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend was hard for Mercedes, but it will help them get even better in the second half of the season.
“I think it was a difficult weekend overall, because the suffering of Friday was just big when we didn’t really know which direction to look at.
“Maybe getting it so wrong on Friday was helpful in getting it very right, almost completely right, on Sunday.
“I think we have a lot of data to look at, a lot of positiveness from the last weekend in France and here, and that we can build on for the second half of the season,” Toto concluded.