Toto Wolff says he’ll throw everything’ at the Brazilian Grand Prix, but recognises Mercedes’ weakness.
Mercedes will be hoping to get back on track after failing to stop Red Bull’s domination in recent races.
Toto Wolff is concerned that his Mercedes team’s difficulties will worsen before they improve heading into the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. The Austrian vows that his team will “throw everything” at the Sao Paulo race weekend, but accepts that his Red Bull opponents are the favorites once again.
After passing both Mercedes at the first corner and dominating the rest of the Mexican Grand Prix, Max Verstappen extended his advantage over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings to 19 points.
Hamilton finished second, ahead of Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull, but Valtteri Bottas’ spin on the first lap following contact from Daniel Ricciardo cost him the race.
Having finishing outside the points, Red Bull was able to close the gap on Mercedes in the constructors’ championship to just one point, after being 36 points down just two races ago.
“For us, it was undoubtedly a weekend of damage containment,” team principal Wolff said of the Mexico City result.
“We thought it would be a difficult weekend due to the track’s characteristics, and that proved to be the case on Sunday.
“We were never going to win, but Lewis sacrificed everything he had to hold on to second place with a car that should have finished third. He put up a great defensive effort, securing important points for both championships.
“Valtteri’s pole lap on Saturday was fantastic, which only added to the disappointment of his Sunday result after he was knocked at Turn 1.
“That meant he had a rough afternoon, but we know that will only motivate him to come back fighting the next time out.”
The next race, though, will take place at a high-altitude course that, on paper, favors the Red Bull car over the Mercedes.
Of course, races don’t happen on paper, but Wolff expects his rivals to have the upper hand at Interlagos once more.
“The nicest part about a triple-header is that you don’t have to wait long for another chance to regain positive momentum,” he concluded.
“We’re thrilled to be back to Brazil; the crowds are so enthusiastic, and Interlagos is a legendary venue.” “..