Mercedes to 'push hard' to improve further in Bahrain
1 April 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the team will be ‘pushing hard’ to improve further in Bahrain this weekend.
The German manufacturer took a dominant 1-2 finish in Malaysia on Sunday, with Lewis Hamilton heading home team-mate, Nico Rosberg, and now heads the Constructors’ Championship by 25 points.
“It’s a good start but we cannot afford to relax,” Wolff told the team’s official website prior to the third round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. “I don’t by any means want to diminish the work done by the team in Stuttgart, Brackley and Brixworth but any advantage we have now will not be sustainable to the end of the year without a lot more hard work to come.
“We’ve seen Red Bull bounce back from testing to push us very hard and that’s a good wake-up call. Today, we tend to forget too quickly what happened yesterday. Here we are, having won two races, and everyone is saying we are the favourites. But with Red Bull we are still taking about a four-time World Championship winning team. Ferrari and McLaren have multiple titles to their names [too]. The competition is fierce throughout the field and we must continue to push all the way to the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi [the season finale] to stay ahead.”
“We cannot afford to be complacent," Wolff added. "We all know that if you stand still in this business, you go backwards.
"So we will be pushing hard to improve further for Bahrain," he concluded.