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Assuming That We Are Favorites Is Dangerous - Toto Wolff

Assuming That We Are Favorites Is Dangerous - Toto Wolff
22/8/2017

The Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff has called off the assumption that his team will be favourites at the Belgian GP coming up this weekend despite the knowledge acquired in the first half of the Formula One season. 
The Mercedes Boss also said he will take every thing seriously even with the assumption that the low-downforce Spa track will to his team's W08 more and also expects the Red Bull to pose a treat.

"On paper, people will assume that Spa should suit our car because it is a circuit where aerodynamic efficiency is extremely important," the Mercedes executive director said.

"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.

"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. 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. The motivation and determination in the factory are greater than ever."

The Silver Arrows are 39 points ahead of the Ferrari team in the Constructors Championship and the Mercedes Boss said the break has given his team time to think through the lessons of the first half and work on improving the second.

"It hasn't been easy sailing," he said. "We have learned hard lessons, grown strong as a group and there are still many areas for us to keep improving.

"It was clear to all of us that 2017 would be a very different season to the three that came before. Then, we had the luxury of a performance advantage to the rest of the field, which meant our two drivers were fighting for the title between themselves.

"For this year, the rules were changed to reset the competitive balance across the field. And it worked. For the first time ever, the champion team has maintained its status as a pacesetter after a big rule change and we are proud that we laid down that marker.

"But that is now history. We have been joined by Ferrari and also Red Bull as the season has developed. This is the new reality we are racing in now and we are open-minded enough to adapt our approach to those new circumstances."

Toto said the Drivers Championship is still his team's priority despite trailing the Ferrari Driver Vettel with over 10 points.

"Our targets remain the same as they were before the first race: to win both championships," Wolff added. "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'.

"So the priorities are clear: we must keep bringing performance to the car at every race - and keep racing without mistakes to maximise our performance potential at every track."
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