Mercedes boss Toto Wolff hopes his team will be able to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull for wins in the second leg of the season which starts this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix.
Since the beginning of the year, Mercedes have not yet managed (before Belgium) to clinch a single victory, unlike the Ferrari and Red Bull teams, which have shared all the victories in the first thirteen rounds of the season. However, the German manufacturer’s team was able to sign two consecutive double podiums in France and Hungary just before the summer break and will therefore seek to maintain this momentum from this weekend at Spa to perhaps hope to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull. in the second half of the season.
“We attacked the break after a strong run of races and our biggest race weekend score so far this year in Hungary. Although we are not in the fight for the wins yet, we are getting closer, so we have to keep that momentum and the pressure going.” explains Toto Wolff to us on the eve of the Belgian Grand Prix.
“The break is an important time for the team to take time out, recharge and spend time with family, whose support throughout the year is invaluable. There are few opportunities to do so during the season, when the race for development is relentless, so the summer break has been well deserved for the whole team.
“We are set for an intense second half of the season with nine more opportunities to find improvements, progress and hopefully challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for wins.”
This weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix, Mercedes-AMG will be celebrating the brand’s 55th anniversary with some scheduled activities to entertain fans at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Before this fourteenth round of the year, Mercedes is in third place in the Constructors’ World Championship with 304 points scored since the start of the season and is 30 points behind Ferrari.