Toto Wolff has sent a warning to Mercedes, saying they must stay focused and not flicker.
Mercedes endured yet another frustrating weekend at the US GP, where bad luck cost them the win. They conceded more ground to their title rivals Red Bull, and only have a few races left to try and beat them.
The momentum seems to be slipping away from the German team despite having the fastest car on the grid. Wolff sent a warning, saying that their focus must not waver at such a crucial point in the season.
“We need to be careful in the team that we are not swinging too much between mania and depression,” he said, as quoted by GP Fans.
“We need to really eke forward with our understanding of the car. There was never a certain point where I thought ‘We are not going to make this.’
“But also, not getting ahead of ourselves after a day like Friday. The general feedback was that ‘You guys are dominating now and what is Red Bull going to do about it?’
“Fast forward 24 hours and it had gone the opposite way. So I think it is really about exploiting the product – I call the car the product. How do we tune the product? How do we deliver the performance? That is what is going to make the difference between winning and losing.”
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas has been the main dartboard for the team’s engine penalties. He has taken three in the last four races, but has stepped up with loads of points every single time. Wolff stated that he was sure Bottas would play a key role in the championship battle.
“It was always very clear that it would be difficult from where he started because of the engine penalty to make it back to the sharp end,” he continued.
“He performed brilliantly in the last race (Turkish GP) and I think he did very well (at the US GP), so we just need to keep it up as a team.
“Both drivers need to score, and I have no doubt Valtteri will be a very strong contributor to not only a constructors’ championship but also a drivers’ championship,” he concluded.