Toto Wolff: This year everyone starts from scratchFebruary 13, 2019
On the eve of the presentation of the new Mercedes car, team leader Toto Wolff spoke about the expectations of the season and about working with the racers …
Toto Wolff: “The new project is just launched, next week we will go for tests to Barcelona, but the first real test of our expectations and an assessment of strength against the background of our rivals will happen on Saturday in Melbourne.
This year we have a new regulation – this is the second major change after 2017. This is done to make the fight more interesting – so we changed the rules for aerodynamics. We at Mercedes accepted this challenge. It all starts over again, each team has a chance to create a car that can fight in a group of leaders. Personally, I am very interested in how some teams cope with this – and whether Mercedes will be able to maintain the lead.
I have already seen both riders after a great winter break. We needed this pause after so intense last season. Lewis returned to the team refreshed, even stronger and very hungry to win.
Valtteri was able to reboot: in my opinion, it was better for him to get away from everything and think. He is an important member of the team, and we support him. I look forward to their struggle between themselves and, of course, with our rivals.
Five titles surpassed our expectations, but everyone starts the season from scratch. In my opinion, one cannot believe that in the new season you will achieve the same success as before. That is why before each season we are motivated and hungry for victories – in this respect, everything is the same as before. ”
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