Toto Wolff, the CEO of Mercedes, sends a message to Red Bull and Max Verstappen, saying, “Nothing to lose.”
Toto Wolff has claimed that his Mercedes team are underdogs in the title race despite leading both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships going into the summer break. Wolff has warned Max Verstappen and Red Bull that their Mercedes team has “nothing to lose” going into the second half of the season due to the superiority of the Red Bull car. After exciting races at Silverstone and the Hungarian Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads Max Verstappen by eight points in the Drivers’ Championship.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff wants his squad to enjoy the second half of the season as much as possible because he believes they are chasing down their biggest rivals, Red Bull. “I believe we are the hunters; we approach this with a sense of humour,” he remarked. We have nothing to lose since we have a lead over our rivals,” Wolff continued, comparing the intensity of this year’s close title campaign to that of 2018 and 2019, when Mercedes battled Ferrari and Hamilton battled four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
For much of the first half of the year, Mercedes struggled, with Verstappen leading by as many as 32 points before the British Grand Prix.
“The previous few months have been incredibly intense,” Wolff added. We had a fantastic spell in early Spring, where we were able to compete successfully in Portimao and Barcelona, and then we had a string of terrible races, beginning with Monaco and ending with Baku.
“But since then, we’ve somehow regained our grip, we’ve learned, we’ve discovered how our car behaves on the new tyres, and I believe we’ve returned to Silverstone and Hungary in a much stronger position.
“The season is usually rigorous, but it was more difficult in 2019 when we were competing against Ferrari. We were really pushing the envelope, which included pushing each other to the limit in order to win the championship.
“Hopes are one thing, expectations are another, and reality can be yet another.” Wolff’s remarks are the latest jab between Mercedes and Red Bull in a season in which the two teams’ relations have reached an all-time low.
While. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”