Toto Wolff is not the type to throw up big sentences and promise a lot of things before a new Formula 1 season.
The manager of Mercedes F1 was no exception to the rule when presenting the W12 this week, a machine which nevertheless promises to be difficult to beat once again for a team like Red Bull Racing, very close in performance to the W11 at the end of last year.
So, a few days before the first tests, a few weeks before the first race, what is the atmosphere like among the world champions? Always studious but a little particular and unfortunately placed under the sign of the Covid-19 …
“Winter is always a very busy and interesting time, especially this year. We finished the season later in December and now the presentation has already passed and we are back to racing soon, so we didn’t have plenty of time to breathe, “ the Austrian tells us.
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“The way we work, whether at home or with safety protocols in factories, is also different from previous winters. We have had to adapt and have continuously learned, through the Covid-19 pandemic, how to operate. in the best possible way while ensuring the safety of our team. “
“It hasn’t been easy, but I’m happy with the hard work and commitment of everyone. And now the whole team is focused on the season ahead. We are preparing for it as best we can and we are. are excited to return to what we love: racing. “
Pressed to set goals for his team this year anyway, which couldn’t be lower than new world titles anyway, Wolff admits it’s good “the championship victory that Mercedes F1 is aiming for”. But it remains to be seen in what condition it will obtain it.
“It is always dangerous to set goals and I find it difficult because as soon as the car crosses the finish line of the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi, I start to worry about the following year.”
“There are a number of changes to the cars this season, they may seem small but they have a huge impact on performance. So we cannot be satisfied with our good results in 2020.”
“Every winter there are always indications that someone else could have done a better job, so we have to keep giving our all. It is this skepticism and appetite that drives us and gives us energy. for each new season. “
“The championship rankings are starting from scratch and there is always more performances to be found, so it’s exciting. I enjoy this time of year, when we are heading into the unknown.”
The team made history in 2020 with their seventh consecutive double in the championship. What did he feel and how does he feel as he approaches this season?
“Last year has been a very unusual season, which has pushed us in directions we have never experienced before. We have had to adapt the way we work and try to make the most of this very difficult situation.”
“I’m very proud of the way we reacted to the 2020 season and the results we were able to achieve, not only on the track but also off the track. We had a very capable car with innovative solutions like DAS, and all of that. our team has performed very well in this complicated season. “
“At the same time, we have taken important steps to shape and improve our organization and our sport. We have worked to become more sustainable, and our two factories are now carbon neutral.”
“We have set ourselves ambitious goals for greater diversity and better integration in our team, and in our sport in general, and we have started to act in that direction.”
“Sometimes we have in mind our seventh double drivers and manufacturers, which gives us a certain feeling of satisfaction. But as soon as you start to enjoy the moment, you also feel a certain fear of the next challenge. who shows up. “
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