Wolff says Mercedes’ success has ‘taken a toll on everybody involved’

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Team boss Toto Wolff says Mercedes’ six consecutive constructors’ titles didn’t come without the “blood, sweat and tears, that is going on behind closed doors”.

Wolff has recently been very vocal about the possibility of moving on from his team principal role into another position in the not-so-distant future. The Austrian reveals years of unprecedented success have left their mark on the Mercedes F1 crew.

“It has not only taken a toll on myself, but it has taken a toll on everybody who is involved in the project,” said Wolff.

“Blood, sweat and tears, that is going on behind closed doors, but you never see that.

“It seems like that we are rocking up on track and winning races, but the truth is there is so much sacrifice behind that on such an afternoon [when you win], it, just compensates for everything.”

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However Wolff says the team continues to be motivated to achieve even more in the future.

“You know the story with all of our tree hugging exercises in 2014, when we put the objective on the wall that we aim to win a drivers’ and constructors’ world championship.

“And [former engineering director] Aldo Costa said, ‘I don’t think that’s ambitious enough. We should write on the wall: we aim to win multiple driver and constructor world championships.’

“We felt at the time that it was a bit far fetched. But thank God we put it up the wall, because it continues to inspire us. And every single season it has inspired us.

“It means a lot of thinking and a lot of dreaming about what we could achieve in the future.

“Setting those objectives as a team and personal objectives is an important part of our exercise,” concluded Wolff.

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