Mercedes avoiding 'dangerous' assumptions
23 August 2017 – Toto Wolff says Mercedes is ignoring "dangerous" assumptions over its prospects at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, as Formula 1 prepares to return from its summer break.
Mercedes has won six of this season's 11 Grands Prix and typically performed better than rival Ferrari at circuits which favour aerodynamic efficiency, an important factor at Spa-Francorchamps.
Mercedes holds a 39-point advantage over Ferrari but has played down talk that the manufacturer will be the team to beat in the Ardennes this weekend.
"From what we have seen in the first half of the season, the competitive balance will swing one way and another from circuit to circuit," Wolff explained.
"Red Bull will be a threat if they can build on the performance they showed in Hungary.
"So we need to keep our heads down, stay humble regarding our strengths, diligent about our weaknesses and take the season weekend by weekend.
"On paper, people will assume that Spa should suit our car because it is a circuit where aerodynamic efficiency is extremely important.
"But assumptions are dangerous – we have seen too many times already this season that the form book can be rewritten from one weekend to the next.
"We will be making no assumptions; we have to tick off the items on our work list and make sure we do the best job to maximise our potential points score."
Wolff reiterated that Mercedes needs to push to the limit with development if is to secure both titles for a fourth successive season.
"Our targets remain the same as they were before the first race: to win both championships," he commented.
"History has shown that the fastest car usually brings you the Drivers' title; and the best and most consistent driver pairing wins you the Constructors'.
"We must keep bringing performance to the car at every race – and keep racing without mistakes to maximise our performance potential at every track."