Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has spoken about Mercedes’ approach this F1 season.
Wolff compared their rivalry with Red Bull to the one they had with Ferrari years ago. He talked about how the current challenge from Red Bull reminds him of the one the Prancing Horse issued in 2018 and 2019, and gave an insight into how it affects their team.
“The last few months have been really intense,” Wolff said.
“We had a good period in early spring – we were able to compete strongly in Portimao and Barcelona, and then we had a few races that were really bad, starting with Monaco and then Baku.
“But since then, we have somehow found our grip, we have learned. We have discovered how our car performs on the new tyres, and I think we returned to a much better place in Silverstone and in Hungary.”
Wolff spoke about Mercedes’ approach to the season, and suggested that rather than playing the hunted, they are now the hunters.
“I think we are the hunter,” Wolff remarked.
“We approach this with fun – there is nothing to lose for us because we have a deficit towards our competitors. So we have just to win and continue the journey with great anticipation, enjoy every single race weekend and try to do the best possible job, and hopefully that’s enough to really compete for the championship until the very end of the season.
“This season is very intense, but also 2018 and particularly ’19 – when we were fighting Ferrari – it was very difficult at times. We were really pushing the boundaries and that also means pushing each other almost to breaking point in order to win the championship.
“The hopes are one thing, the expectations are another thing, and the reality can be a different thing too,” he concluded.
Will Mercedes overcome the odds and hunt Red Bull down? Or will the Milton-Keynes outfit end the streak of the Silver Arrows?