Mercedes’ Toto Wolff: “It’s a really interesting dynamic”
Ahead of the penultimate Grand Prix of the season in Brazil, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff believes that all is still to play for as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton battle it out to secure the F1 Driver’s Championship at Rio’s Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace track.
Wolff is of the belief that Rosberg is under pressure to clinch his maiden title, the like of which he has not yet experienced so far in his F1 driving career, with team mate Lewis Hamilton hot on his heels following two successive victories in the US and Mexico.
“Mexico brought us the best possible result from a race which was far from straightforward,” said Wolff. “It also leaves us with a fascinating scenario heading to Brazil.
“For Nico, all this talk of just needing to finish second in order to make it to the end is over. He has it in his hands. If he wins the race in Brazil, he is Champion. We’ve seen many races, particularly in the second half of this season, where he has coped well under pressure. But, mentally, I think this new situation is actually a bit easier in terms of tackling the situation with a little less pressure, as he still has another chance in Abu Dhabi.
“Equally, Lewis knows what he must do to keep his title hopes alive. He will never back down and that’s what makes him one of the great ones. He has three Championships and 51 victories under his belt – and no matter the outcome this year, we all know there will be more to come. It’s a really interesting dynamic and great for the fans.”
Wolff also believes that the team have ‘maxed out’ their performance this season, with rivals having moved closer to bursting the dominance enjoyed by the German team.
“As a team, we will do all in our power to provide both with the opportunities they need,” said Wolff. “We’re maxed out on performance, as is normal at the end of a regulation cycle, and when that happens everything becomes more marginal.
“This is where we find ourselves right now, so we must remain focused on every last detail.”