Mercedes director Toto Wolff ensures his entire team remains more motivated than ever on the eve of the penultimate round of the 2021 F1 season which will take place this weekend in Saudi Arabia.
Ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the Mercedes team dominate the constructors ‘championship with five points ahead of Red Bull Racing, while the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) is currently the leader of the drivers’ world championship. eight points ahead of Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
The two world titles (drivers and constructors) could therefore be played this weekend in Saudi Arabia on a very fast urban layout made up of 27 turns and on which the Mercedes team is clearly the big favorite for victory.
“There are still two races to go and two championships to be decided. We’re all excited to be still in the fight at this point in the season, it’s a privilege and a testament to our resilience as we see where we were at the start of the summer. The two titles are wide open and our mission is clear. » said Toto Wolff on the eve of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
“Jeddah will be another completely new challenge, a whole new avenue to master, and a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to make sure that we are in the game by Friday, because getting as much information as possible in those early days. sessions will be vital. It is a fast circuit with long sections at bottom and several high speed corners, lined with barrier, which means the risk will be rewarded. We are more motivated than ever and expect to be in the race. We are therefore impatiently awaiting this first Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. «
“The car has been performing well recently and is probably in the best position of the entire season, with the drivers confident enough to push it to the limit. It’s encouraging for the final races and it gives us a strong impetus to move forward. «
Red Bull is wary of Mercedes
Christian Horner, director of the Red Bull team, believes that Mercedes will have a small advantage on a very fast circuit where top speed (strong point of the Mercedes W12 for a few races) will be essential to be competitive.
“The next track should undoubtedly favor Mercedes. In Abu Dhabi, with the changes made to the route, who knows? « said the Briton.
» It’s been incredibly tight so far, and we’re entering these last few races with an eight point lead in the drivers’ championship. We’ve narrowed the gap in the constructors’ championship to five points, so both titles are still up for grabs. It’s fantastic, because we’re not yet at the peak of this championship. «
The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix will take place from December 3 to 5 on the urban route of Jeddah by the Red Sea. The race will be contested at night.
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