user icon

Wolff: Barcelona win after Silverstone woes shows the 'strength' of Mercedes

  • Published on 18 Aug 2020 17:35
  • comments 3
  • By: Coilin Higgins

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has said the win for the team in Barcelona after the struggles in Silverstone a week earlier shows the 'strength' of the staff in the team.

The team struggled with tyre blistering during the recent 70th Anniversary Grand Prix due to the high temperatures on the circuit and there was fears Mercedes may suffer in similar conditions in Barcelona.

However, Lewis Hamilton dominated Sunday's Grand Prix to take the win, lapping every driver up to third place in the process.

Wolff noted that it showed the strength of the team, being able to turn around such a performance deficit in less than a week.

"I think that what makes me the most happy is that after a difficult weekend at Silverstone on very hot tarmac, we have been able to recover, pick the right conclusions and win in the same conditions," Wolff commented.

"That comes down to the great work that's been done in the factory. From the vehicle dynamics team to the simulation, I mean everybody from the engineering side that was involved, it shows the strength of the team."

Wolff shows respect for fellow team boss Horner

Wolff also spoke about his conversation after the race with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, admitting he respects his rival for the job he has done with the team.

Wolff jokingly gloated at Horner and the team after the race but engaged in a deep conversation with the Red Bull team principal over the performances of their respective teams and the various strategies throughout the race.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen once again managed to finish second and split the two Mercedes of Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas, as Bottas dropped down the order after a poor getaway off the grid at the start of the race.

"I said to Christian 'bring on the heat!'," Wolff exclaimed.

"When you have such a great win, you can properly rub it in. There is still a rivalry there but I respect him. He has done a great job over the fifteen years that he has been in the sport."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • The last 6 years of utter domination, the fact that they only lose races when they have strategic blunders and others have perfect races... that's the strength. The dominance has never been at risk this year. Toto can keep underselling it, but Mercedes seems more dominant this year than any other. The only difference is that Rosberg would have never finished the championship behind a Ferrari or a Red Bull. Bottas is on a different level

    • + 0
    • Aug 18 2020 - 22:41
    • Snooky

      Posts: 121

      Bottas is meant to be on a different level, that’s the point. They don’t want another year of Hamilton vs Rosberg stress. They want harmony within the team. Bottas is there to pick up the pieces if Hamilton has a bad day like the first race, merc haven’t got him there to win the drivers championship while Hamilton still drives for them, and possibly even if he leave.

      • + 0
      • Aug 19 2020 - 08:35
  • I'm ready for another team to come through - I admire the brilliance and consistency but variety, as they say, is the spice of life - I want to see a McLaren win a race, RP win a race, Renault to come back to where they once reigned - I can't wait for the for the new rules to kick in - to start watching the GP build up, practice, qualifying, race ....and still not knowing who's going to win - we really need this now. Credit to the rights holders, they are pushing things in that direction. My last Santa wish is for the rights holders to put Ferrari in their place - they are no longer the dominant force and haven't been so since Schumacher retired, , make it a more level playing field by scrapping the 'appearance fee' Ferrari get paid for just entering the competition. Ludicrous and senseless. Stop it.

    • + 0
    • Aug 19 2020 - 21:14

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country AT
  • Date of b. Jan 12 1972 (50)
  • Place of b. Vienne, Austria, AT
  • Weight 0 kg
  • Length 0 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28 2021
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18 2021
Italy
30 - May 2 2021
Portugal
7 - May 9 2021
Spain
20 - May 23 2021
Monaco
4 - Jun 6 2021
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20 2021
France
25 - Jun 27 2021
Austria
2 - Jul 4 2021
Austria
16 - Jul 18 2021
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1 2021
Hungary
27 - Aug 29 2021
Belgium
3 - Sep 5 2021
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12 2021
Italy
24 - Sep 26 2021
Russian
8 - Oct 10 2021
Japan
8 - Oct 10 2021
Turkey
22 - Oct 24 2021
United States of America
5 - Nov 7 2021
Mexico
12 - Nov 14 2021
Brazil
19 - Nov 21 2021
Qatar
3 - Dec 5 2021
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12 2021
United Arab Emirates
-
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28 2021
16 - Apr 18 2021
30 - May 2 2021
7 - May 9 2021
20 - May 23 2021
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6 2021
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20 2021
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27 2021
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4 2021
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18 2021
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1 2021
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29 2021
3 - Sep 5 2021
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12 2021
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26 2021
Russian Sochi Autodrom
8 - Oct 10 2021
8 - Oct 10 2021
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24 2021
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7 2021
12 - Nov 14 2021
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21 2021
3 - Dec 5 2021
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12 2021
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
-
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar