Wolff: No room for error from Mercedes
29 June 2014 – Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Toto Wolff, reckons events in Austria prove that the current championship leaders cannot afford to slip-up if they are to acheive their goal of winning the 2014 title.
Wolff has stressed several times this year that Mercedes must remain focused despite their apparent dominance and a couple of errors in qualifying by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg meant that the Silver Arrows were pipped to pole position for the first time all season.
While Rosberg went on to lead a Mercedes one-two in the race, Wolff says the team must remain on form.
"We were delighted to get another top result in Austria," he said.
"Our weekend in Spielberg was one of the toughest so far this season, with a qualifying performance which did not match our expectations. To bounce back with another one-two finish was highly satisfying – particularly as our rivals pushed us harder than ever throughout the race.
"This demonstrates once again how crucial it is to remain 100 per cent focused on the task at hand. We can afford no mistakes if we are to achieve our goals, as there will always be someone waiting to punish those mistakes."
Wolff is expecting Mercedes' strong form to be carried into next weekend's British Grand Prix but remains wary that several teams will have extra motivation to achieve an eye-catching result.
"Our drivers are both particularly strong at this circuit and we can expect another tightly contested battle between the two of them," he said.
"Equally, many of our rivals see this as their home race and will be highly motivated to gain an advantage. There are certain teams in particular who have a record of success here, so we are taking nothing for granted."