Toto Wolff Reveals the Only Possible Way for Mercedes to Defeat Red Bull This Season

Published 08/22/2021, 6:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Mercedes are currently in the midst of a mind-blowing battle for the championship title with Red Bull Racing this season. And unlike the past, the Brackley outfit aren’t dominating the battle either, as their rivals have constantly looked significantly stronger.

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Hence, despite leading the battle following the summer break, there is major uncertainty whether Mercedes can continue to keep ahead of Red Bull.

Well, irrespective of who is stronger, Mercedes’ boss, Toto Wolff, acknowledged that the defending champions will leave no performance on the table.

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What did Toto Wolff say?

Speaking to GPFans, the Austrian reckoned that Mercedes must minimize their mistakes in order to gain any hope of winning the title this season.

The words ‘marginal gains’ are copyright of Sir Dave Brailsford who invented that many years ago for his cycling team,” he said.

I think it is about really leaving no performance on the table, minimising mistakes. And that may at the end contribute to winning or not winning. And it could be with the tiniest of margins,” Wolff added.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after retiring from the race REUTERS/David W Cerny

Mercedes are 12 points ahead of Red Bull in the constructor’s standings, which is hardly an advantage, considering there are 12 more races to go this year.

Hence, Mercedes will be keen on starting the season’s second half by beating both the Red Bull drivers at Spa. And this, in turn, would pile more pressure on the Milton Keynes outfit.

When is Mercedes’ next update arriving?

Well, here’s where Mercedes might end up on the back foot. Wolff affirmed that the Hungarian Grand Prix marked the end of W12’s development. Hence, Mercedes will continue to race with the same car throughout the season.

All there is, is all we have,” Wolff said.

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Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Red Bull will be following Mercedes’ footsteps in developing their RB16-B. But, if Red Bull does manage to bring in an upgrade or two, that will certainly bolster their hopes of beating the defending champions to the title.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Also, with Ferrari alleging an evolution of their current power unit after Monza, there are chances that the Scuderia’s might join the title contenders for podiums and even race wins.

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Hence, amidst too many factors potentially coming into play later this season, will Mercedes be able to fend off the threats and secure their 8th consecutive title? Well, we’ll know in time.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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