The Mercedes boss is confident that his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will be competing at the Russian Grand Prix this weekend. Toto Wolff described the atmosphere and way of thinking in Mercedes as "peaceful determination" ahead of the racing weekend in Sochi.
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is five points behind championship leader Max Verstappen and has not won since the UK Grand Prix in July. Mercedes has been undefeated in Sochi since Russia joined the Formula 1 calendar in 2014, and if Hamilton won, it would obviously bring him to take the leading position in the championship again.
“Our goal is to put together a strong weekend, starting with the first free practice: building one session at a time,” Wolff said. "Lewis is in the tenth championship fight of his Formula 1 career and is laser-focused on what needs to be done in the next eight races."
"As for Valtteri, he drives better than ever, as we saw at Monza - and every weekend will be fast." "Right now there is a calm determination around the team, and the business end of the season, the fight for the championships, is exactly what we enjoy the most," he explains.
Mercedes have a strong position in the constructors ’championship, with an 18-point advantage over Red Bull.
Although some Silver Arrows driver has not won in the last four races, Wolff expects the W12 to be competitive around the Sochi Autodrome.
“After a demanding and intense triple consecutive weekend, we are regenerated and ready to go,” Wolff added. "Last time at Monza it was bitterly sweet - outstanding performance and a strong score for Valtteri, but a sense of missed points for Lewis, who had the potential to fight for victory."
"The pleasure is that the W12 looks competitive and with only eight races to go, now is the time to use our experience and focus on the details and processes that will get us off the line." "We are looking forward to a new race in Russia, it is a track that we have done well over the years, and both of our drivers enjoyed great results in Sochi."
"We hope to continue our success in Russia, but we know that this year is completely different and we expect another intense weekend," concluded Toto Wolff. Mercedes, as always, have the greatest ambitions and for now the best chances to win the title, but Red Bull will certainly not give up