Wolff: We know where we went wrong
10 September 2013 – Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff has said the team knows where it went wrong in Italy and Belgium and that he is confident Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will feature more strongly again in Singapore.
Mercedes had to settle for a 6-9 finish at Monza on Sunday and with Ferrari finishing 2-4, the Scuderia has now moved ahead and up to second in the Constructors’ Championship, albeit by only three points.
“You can't expect to be there all the time and we know where we went wrong over the last two weekends and it's a matter of improving,” Wolff told ESPN F1. “Overall I'm still very satisfied although now there is some pain.
“There is obviously always the danger that momentum stalls but I don't think that's the case in our team. We have the momentum and you can't expect to be on pole every race and on the podium every race looking at where we came from last year. The momentum is still there, everybody is really motivated and we are enjoying ourselves. Sometimes it just needs a little kick to get you back on track, but I am satisfied.”
Mercedes team principal, Ross Brawn meanwhile agreed that the Monza weekend was disappointing, but he too remains optimistic.
“In the end, that was a frustrating race because we had a very quick car. We can never be certain what [Sebastian] Vettel’s ultimate pace could have been at the front of the field but we saw Fernando [Alonso] and Mark Webber] fighting hard for second place and our drivers were matching their pace all the time,” Brawn reasoned.
“Lewis’ slow puncture in his first stint obviously compromised his strategy by forcing us to make two stops. But he drove a fantastic fighting race, complicated by the radio failure, and got everything out of the car this afternoon to climb back to P9.
“With Nico, we have the frustration that he found himself stuck behind a slower car in terms of lap time that was too quick at the critical parts of the lap to be able to overtake.
“It’s a disappointing result and this weekend reminds us that we need to be on top of our game at all times if we want to maximise our potential. But this afternoon also suggested that we have a competitive car.”