Mercedes looks to 'consolidate' position
3 September 2013 – Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff says it is the team's "clear target" to strengthen its current position of second in the Constructors' standings over the coming races.
While Red Bull currently holds a 77-point lead [more than three race victories] at the head of the championship order, the German marque sits 17 points clear of Ferrari in the battle for the runner-up spot, with Lotus lurking a further 31 points in arrears.
Praising the performances of drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Wolff is hopeful that the outfit can record its best ranking since returning to the sport.
"We scored a good team result at the last race in Belgium, with third and fourth places, and that underlined one of the team's strengths this year: our drivers," Wolff began. "As their performances have shown, Lewis and Nico are probably the most closely matched and balanced driver pairing in Formula 1.
"Their combination of speed and consistency has taken Mercedes to second place in the Constructors' Championship and our clear target is to consolidate this position over the coming races."
Wolff is also hopeful that Mercedes has "learned lessons" from its race day showing in Belgium, the squad making refinements to its low-downforce package for Monza.
"In Monza, we will use a refined version of the low-drag package introduced at Spa," the Austrian revealed ahead of this weekend's race. "We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned over the race weekend in Belgium."