Mercedes title bid will proceed to comply with 'actually aggressive' method

Toto Wolff says Mercedes will proceed to comply with a “actually aggressive” method to its title struggle with Crimson Bull as neither group is maximizing its factors scoring.

Lewis Hamilton scored his a centesimal F1 win in Sochi, a feat that allowed the Briton to recapture the lead from archrival Max Verstappen within the Drivers’ standings.

However the Dutchman’s exceptional run in Russia from final on the grid to second on the checkered flag signifies that Hamilton solely enjoys a two-point benefit within the championship forward of F1’s subsequent spherical of racing subsequent week in Turkey.

Whereas Mercedes’ edge over Crimson Bull within the Constructors’ standings prolonged to 33 factors after Sochi, Wolff admitted that the wonderful margins and the ebb and stream between the 2 groups will pressure the Brackley squad to maintain on pulling out all of the stops at every race within the again half of the 2021 season.


“In a manner, we’re not maximising our factors scoring, and the identical at present,” Wolff mentioned after Sunday’s race.

“I feel quali was all decisive. Valtteri going again [after an engine penalty] we knew was troublesome, and we ended up with a primary and fifth, and that is superb, little question about that, and it is Lewis’s a centesimal victory.

“However Max recovered in a spectacular type, and that isn’t good for the championship.

“So, in a nutshell, we simply have to proceed to be actually aggressive in how we method this season, not be defensive, however simply transfer ahead, with a purpose to rating these massive factors

“As a result of neither us nor the others are actually good in maximising the factors in the mean time.”

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On paper, Monza and Sochi have been seen as indeniable strongholds for the Mercedes group. However Wolff insists that this yr’s regulation adjustments have rendered futile projections based mostly on previous statistics.

“I ended making an attempt to anticipate whether or not it is traditionally a robust race for us, as a result of every little thing with the brand new rules, every little thing adjustments, so has modified a lot,” defined the Mercedes boss.

“Positively, we knew that Monza and Sochi could be coming extra in the direction of us. And the fact is we’re the place we’re, and that is the factors hole and I doubt that any of the 2 groups will make large swings up or down.

“It is nearly, actually, to proceed to do the very best job.”

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