Mercedes clean sweep unrealistic - Wolff

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Mercedes clean sweep unrealistic - Wolff

Formula 1

Mercedes clean sweep unrealistic - Wolff


Toto Wolff says it is not a realistic proposition for Mercedes to win every race this season, despite securing another one-two in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Mercedes has finished first and second in each of the opening five races so far this year, with the only points the team has failed to pick up being a result of the introduction of a point for the driver setting the fastest lap in the race. This season, the team is going for an unprecedented sixth-straight drivers’ and constructors’ championship double, but Wolff is dismissive of suggestions it could achieve it by winning all 21 rounds.

“First of all, I think you need to stay humble and keep both feet on the ground,” Wolff said. “We’ve had five fantastic performances now and five one-twos, but we don’t take it for granted. It’s not just saying it, it’s really the mindset that we have.

“The next two weeks are going to be a tremendous challenge for us. We’ve not had the performance in Monaco in the last years. Remember how strong (Daniel) Ricciardo was last year in the Red Bull. They were in a league of their own.

“We need to take one step at a time. The next race weekend looks challenging on paper. That is massively exciting for us to go there. I wish we could go there tomorrow. Everybody’s working flat out to try to understand the car for Monaco and really be strong there. So let’s look at the next race, which is the sixth, and try to do well there.”

That Ferrari had the pace to challenge for wins in both Bahrain and Azerbaijan makes the faultless Mercedes performance all the more impressive. However Wolff wants to avoid talk of how his current team stacks up against successful constructors’ from past eras.

“I think if I were to say that or be tempted to think about our team, it would be arrogant and really not the mindset we have,” he said.

“There is a strong group of people that has come together on this journey and that is enjoying the ride. And then maybe in 10 or 20 years we will be looking back and say ‘that was the strongest team’, but it’s not for us to judge. For us it’s about locking in the results.”