The Mercedes team are currently ruling the 2019 constructors championship by a country mile. However, in spite of all this, team boss Toto Wolff still feels that they need to keep pushing. According to the Austrian, it is imperative that Mercedes continue to raise the bar and keep their rivals, Red Bull and Ferrari at bay.
With such a commanding lead in both championships, one would expect Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton to ease up. However, Wolff insists that the title fight is not over and warned against underestimating their rivals.
“We’re leading in both championships, but it doesn’t feel that way,” he said. “In the last few years, we saw teams perform very strongly after summer shutdown, so now we need to keep pushing.
“In that respect, we’re approaching the start to the second half of 2019 more like the start to a completely new season – once again, we need to make sure that we leave no room for error and keep raising the bar.”
It is true that the upcoming Spa Francorchamps circuit and the Monza circuit suit the Mercedes’ V6 engine. However, Wolff is not taking any chances and wants everyone to put their heads down and charge.
Ever since the V6 engines broke cover in 2014, Mercedes has romped to three Belgian GP wins. In addition to that, they performed a clean sweep of five from five at the Italian GP, to the ire of the tifosi.
“We’re very excited for the upcoming months with historic races like Belgium and Italy followed by the Singapore night race and many other fantastic events,” added Wolff.
“The next stop takes us to Spa, one of the most iconic circuits on the calendar.
“Finding the right set-up is tricky because the track has a challenging mix of long straights, a wide range of corner speeds, and also considerable elevation changes.
“The weather can also be somewhat unpredictable in the Ardennes, which can make the sessions very interesting. We’re looking forward to the fight.”