Wolff: Reliability a 'key focus' for Mercedes
20 August 2014 – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has said reliability will be a "key focus" for the team during the second half of the season.
While Mercedes have dominated so far this year, taking nine wins from the first eleven races, as well as six one-two finishes, to establish a dominant lead in the Constructors' Championship, mechanical issues have been something of a weakness, with Lewis Hamilton's fire in qualifying in Hungary the most recent example.
With the season now set to resume in Belgium this weekend, Wolff noted this is something that must be put right.
"It is clear that reliability must be a key focus for the team if we are to maintain the hard-earned advantage established in the opening stages of the year," he confirmed.
"We approach the remaining eight races with the firm target of making this next phase of the season even better than what we have achieved so far.
"Although the team has done a fantastic job, we are fully aware that this Championship is far from decided - as demonstrated clearly in Hungary by the performance of some of our competitors.
"As always, we are taking nothing for granted."
Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe agrees that reliability must be improved.
"Our priority as a team is to re-establish a trouble-free weekend, which is something we unfortunately haven't seen for a few races," he said.
"But we are now just over halfway through the season and, with everyone having had a chance to recharge the batteries during the summer break, we head to Spa refreshed and fully focused on making the most of the remaining eight races."