2021 title fight will make Mercedes stronger, says Wolff

Toto Wolff at the French GP 2021. Credit: Daimler Media

Mercedes seems to have found an opponent for the title fight again after several years. With Red Bull winning all of the last 5 races, the fight for the constructors’ title will be difficult this year.

However, Toto Wolff believes that the close fight will “bring the team closer together” in the longer term and make it stronger.

Red Bull has won the last 5 races and leads the constructors’ standings by 44 points. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) also leads the drivers’ standings by 32 points over Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

In these last races, Mercedes had huge problems to make them chase Red Bull. This went so far that Hamilton himself demanded an upgrade to get closer again. The update will come, and it will be the last one this year. The Silverstone GP will show what else the German team can get out of the car.

However, Toto Wolff also sees positives in the battle with Red Bull, as this duel will make them stronger and it is an “enjoyable life experiment.”

“We have a great mindset in the team, and the values that we have are the immune system of the team.”

“The immune system means you need to function when things are going bad, and after seven consecutive championships, we are in a situation where we are fighting a tough battle at the moment, against all odds, as it stands.”

“I wouldn’t say enjoyable is the right word, but it’s a new experience that is going to make us stronger in the long run.”

“Every day is a new learning experience, and every day makes us stronger, even if we have so many consecutive weekends that are tough.”

“I think we will look back many years from now and say that was necessary.”

The Austrian is nevertheless sticking to the plan that after the British GP, the focus will be fully concentrated on the 2022 season, as there will be some important changes there. Meanwhile, Wolff is not yet worried about the World Championship, as only 9 of 23 races have been completed and a lot can still happen.

“All these years I tried to keep our feet on the ground by not being carried away with performance, and now I need to do the opposite.”

“We are not going to give up at that stage of the season. We are not going to give up at any time of the season unless it is not mathematically possible anymore to win this championship.”

“Therefore, we need to see the things optimistically rather than pessimistically like we’ve done in the past, and there are things to take away, even from such a day like today.”

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