Is Toto Wolff worried about the final race? Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the last race of the 2021 season will be intense as it proves how hard the two teams have come under pressure and they have to work hard to transfer performance from Saudi Arabia to the Yas Marina track.
Mercedes and Red Bull, more precisely their drivers: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen enter the race weekend for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tied in points, with the Dutchman having one more win and thus having a certain advantage.
On the other hand, the German team is the leader in the constructors' championship with a ratio of 587.5: 559.5 - more precisely, the difference is 28 points over the Austrian team. They made this advantage in the last race because Hamilton and Bottas finished on the podium, while Perez had to give up.
Considering that there are 44 points left: first and second place, plus a bonus point for the fastest lap, Mercedes has a big advantage to secure the eighth consecutive title in the constructors' championship. When it comes to the driving championship, the story is different.
Lewis Hamilton has to finish ahead of Verstappen (score more points) if he wants to get to the title, so it will be very interesting what happens.
Wolff is of the opinion that the final race will be very intense, but that they have to keep their heads down and convey the performance from the last race, and that they are grateful that they are still in such a fight.
“The last race will be intense, but it’s important not to get in the way: just keep your heads down, keep your feet on the ground and convey the performance we had last time. We are grateful that we are still in this fight, "explains the head of Mercedes.
"The fact that both championships will be decided in the final race of the season, proves how hard both sides pressed each other (forward). "For the final of the season it's all or nothing, and that is unbelievable for sports, unbelievable for the fans and unbelievable for us," he added.
"We are also enjoying the challenges of racing in Abu Dhabi this weekend on a track that has undergone a lot of changes since we last raced." Mercedes has a big advantage to secure the eighth consecutive title in the constructors' championship.
"There are new parts of the path to understanding and it is really a step into the unknown for everyone. So, this is going to be another exciting weekend! ”