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Wolff: We need to take the season weekend by weekend

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22/08/2017

Admitting the competitive balance will continue to swing one way then the other, Toto Wolff looks ahead to Belgium.

The summer shutdown came at the perfect time for us to make a step back and take stock of our season so far. It has been a good one - and has shown a lot of the qualities of our team.

We have overcome a difficult start to testing and significantly improved a fast but tricky car; we have won six races from 11, including victories for both our drivers; we trail in one championship by 14 points, and lead the other by 39. But it hasn't been easy sailing. We have learned hard lessons, grown strong as a group and there are still many areas for us to keep improving.

It was clear to all of us that 2017 would be a very different season to the three that came before. Then, we had the luxury of a performance advantage to the rest of the field, which meant our two drivers were fighting for the title between themselves.

For this year, the rules were changed to reset the competitive balance across the field. And it worked. For the first time ever, the champion team has maintained its status as a pacesetter after a big rule change and we are proud that we laid down that marker. But that is now history. We have been joined by Ferrari and also Red Bull as the season has developed. This is the new reality we are racing in now and we are open-minded enough to adapt our approach to those new circumstances.

Our targets remain the same as they were before the first race: to win both championships. History has shown that the fastest car usually brings you the drivers' title; and the best and most consistent driver pairing wins you the constructors'. So the priorities are clear: we must keep bringing performance to the car at every race - and keep racing without mistakes to maximise our performance potential at every track.

From what we have seen in the first half of the season, the competitive balance will swing one way and another from circuit to circuit. Red Bull will be a threat if they can build on the performance they showed in Hungary. So we need to keep our heads down, stay humble regarding our strengths, diligent about our weaknesses and take the season weekend by weekend.

On paper, people will assume that Spa should suit our car because it is a circuit where aerodynamic efficiency is extremely important. But assumptions are dangerous - we have seen too many times already this season that the form book can be rewritten from one weekend to the next. So we will be making no assumptions; we have to tick off the items on our work list and make sure we do the best job to maximise our potential points score.

The motivation and determination in the factory are greater than ever. Hungary showed the strength of our team - and we intend to use the second half of this season to prove that strength.

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 25/08/2017 10:34

"Have to agree with Rock Doc.
TEAM cock-ups & lack of focus has cost both Mercedes' drivers this year. Hamilton & Bottas can only drive what the team provides, and, like last year it often hasn't been well-enough prepared."

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2. Posted by Rock Doc, 22/08/2017 13:15

"Does this guy like the sound of his own voice or what. " ... a difficult start to testing ... " Is he kidding. Maclaren had a difficult start, the Merc's notch up thousands of laps with mind numbing regularity.

From that point on he just goes on and on with the same old tripe.

They are still the team to beat. They have the power advantage and 2 very strong drivers. Ferrari for once are giving them a hard time, but it is still their season to lose. The majority of the track left to race suit their car. They are not and have never been in the last 3 years the underdog.

Now they have a team that can provide a challenge we are really seeing how the team performs without their " ... luxury of a performance advantage ... ". And on occasion it has been shown wanting. Let see if they can get through the rest of the season without shooting themselves in the foot too many times, is what he should really be saying."

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