Wolff: Rivals will be relentless, we must be too
3 May 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said the team will go to Barcelona next week for the Spanish Grand Prix in 'good form' and 'high spirits', although he knows their rivals will be 'relentless' in their efforts to close the gap.
Mercedes have been dominant so far, winning all four opening races - thanks to the efforts of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg - and in the process have built a commanding early 97 point lead over Red Bull in the Constructors'. However, with 15 rounds still to go, it is clear there is a lot of racing still to come.
"We head to Barcelona on good form and in high spirits. But, most importantly, we approach the next race weekend as we approached the first: in the knowledge that there is still a long season ahead and anything can happen," Wolff confirmed.
"We are now four races into the 2014 season and hold a strong position in both Championships," he continued. "However, the first European round of the year always provides a prime opportunity for teams to arrive with improvements to their cars. Of course, we are no different to any other team in that respect and our aim must be to increase the advantage we enjoyed at the last race in China."
"We have seen already that our rivals are relentless in their efforts to close the gap. As a team, it is up to us to rise to that challenge: to take that relentless mentality to an even greater extent than those around us. If we are to build a sustained level of success in this sport, any small advantage must be seen as a platform upon which to build a bigger advantage," he added.
Mercedes technical guru Paddy Lowe meanwhile echoed those thoughts ahead of the fifth round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
"Aside from being the first European race of the season, Barcelona is classically seen as the first big milestone for upgrades from the teams and we can expect to see quite a range of developments throughout the pit lane," Lowe remarked.
"It's often said that a car which performs well in Barcelona will be a great car for the season, so we're looking forward to seeing where we stand relative to the competition. There has been no sense of complacency or backing off just because our car has shown strong performance in the opening few races. The objective is to not only match, but to better the development rate of our rivals and to build on our lead in both Championships," he emphasised.