Toto Wolff Warns Lewis Hamilton & Co for 2021 Season: ‘Cannot Afford to Do Something Wrong’

Published 03/07/2021, 9:10 AM EST
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 04: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza in Monza, Italy. (Photo by XPB/Pool via Getty Images)


Having won seven consecutive constructors’ championships, Mercedes are going into the new season with the attitude of dominating every step of the way. They have a massive target on their back, and as such, need to ensure they don’t make any mistakes that their rivals can capitalize on.

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The Silver Arrows are eyeing their eight consecutive title this year. Thus, they need to put forward consistent performances Grand Prix after Grand Prix, racking up as many wins and podiums as they can.

Given the gravity of the task that awaits them this year, team principal Toto Wolff is well aware how careful the team need to be.

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NUERBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 09: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice ahead of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at Nuerburgring in Nuerburg, Germany. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

If Mercedes makes a mistake, a win and podium will be out of sight, says Wolff

The team boss said, ” The grid will be even closer this year. If we make a mistake, we can lose not only the victory but also the podium. We cannot afford to do something wrong. Otherwise, we could easily find ourselves in sixth or seventh place.”

Upon being asked about what could cause a problem for them, Wolff said, “We don’t have any particular problems with the durability of the power unit, Of course running a power unit at peak performance for a long time reveals a lot of data to work with, but everything is under our control.”

The Silver Arrows are hungry for more

From the 2014 season onwards, Mercedes have absolutely ruled the F1 grid, having won every title on offer since the dawn of the hybrid era. The Brackley-based outfit will aim to win their eighth title as they prepare to battle the teams on the track in 2021.

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However, it’s just not the Silver Arrows that are looking to make their mark in the sport. Their star driver, Sir Lewis Hamilton, is also looking to make history by aiming to clinch a record-breaking eight world championship this season.

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Styria at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

It’s just a matter of time before Mercedes and Hamilton put it all on the line to win another championship. The other nine teams will try to stop the Silver Arrows from doing so, and who knows, maybe 2021 will finally be the year that the Silver Arrows are forced to give up the top spot in F1.

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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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