Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says there is “less pressure” for Mercedes this year than there was when they were battling Ferrari in previous seasons.
The 2021 season has been incredibly close so far, but Mercedes managed to regain its lead in both championships ahead of the F1 summer break.
“This one here, how I perceive it, is less straining on our resources than the other two were,” the Austrian explained.
“Obviously, we also operate out of a certain confidence, based on the success we had in the past, that a lot of enjoyment is part of what we do every day with less pressure.
“Back then, the pressure was enormous, and we’re still very ambitious to win, but it’s not suffocating.”
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Wolff went on to say that until now Mercedes’ fight with Ferrari in 2018 and 2019 was the “toughest” he’s experienced.
“It’s good fun. I think that until now, my toughest fights were in 2018 and 2019 against Ferrari. They were a super-tough opponent and we struggled to perform against them.
“In 2018 we were behind before the summer break, and in 2019 we were fighting engine performance.
“That was so intense all season and only when we took advantage of the beginning of autumn after Monza, and it went towards us with the overseas races,” concluded Mercedes’ team boss.