Toto Wolff Sheds Light on Mercedes’ F1 ‘Headaches’ Ahead of Turkish GP

Published 10/01/2021, 7:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Besides fighting an intense battle against Red Bull for the title race, Mercedes are dealing with engine problems. Team Principal Toto Wolff would like his team to extract the most performance out of their car and get better results for the team.

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As the team prepares for the upcoming Turkish Grand Prix at Istanbul Park, Mercedes would like to gather more information on the engine that Valtteri Bottas used for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

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There have been a few cases where the team had to bring in a new power unit. However, the Silver Arrows would like to understand the problem better, and how to overcome it. Wolff has stated they will look at the engine Bottas used in Italy so that they will not suffer at the Turkish GP.

As quoted from Motorsport.com, Wolff said, “We want to understand how to get more performance from the engine and this has given us some headaches. At the moment, however, we have to think race by race. We must always find the right balance between performance and reliability.”

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

“Obviously risking a retirement would not be absolutely positive for the championship and neither we nor our rivals can afford to collect zero points in a weekend,” Toto concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

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The Silver Arrows need to win in Istanbul to be at the top spot in the title race

The Russian GP in Sochi was an eventful race, which saw Lewis Hamilton take the chequered flag. Their victory in Russia saw them take the top spot in the championship; pushing Red Bull down to second.

Now, Wolff & Co, are preparing for the Turkish Grand Prix, with hopes of winning the race, and extending their lead in the championship. However, Mercedes knows the battle in Istanbul will be tough, as Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen will throw everything at them to prevent them from winning.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Nevertheless, the Brackley-based team hopes that Hamilton and Bottas will bring home a stellar result which would give them a fighting chance in the championship.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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