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2017-09-20 11:04:05

Toto Wolff, Valtteri Bottas is not "number two"

Toto Wolff, Valtteri Bottas is not

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that he still will not use Valtteri Bottas as the pilot number two.Hamilton won the last three races and achieved a 28-point advantage in the fight for the title. Valtteri Bottas during this time scored only 33 points.Toto Wolff "Yes, Valteri was a bit confused lately. It is difficult to understand the reasons. Maybe he's just hard to set up the machine. Or maybe Hamilton is more familiar with the concept car.I think the chances of Lewis winning the championship higher than Valtteri. As before, we will assess the situation, but the situation is becoming clearer after every race.I don't want to say that one pilot is "number one", because it can affect the motivation of the second pilot. I mean other pilots".

2017-09-19 16:44:03

Toto Wolff, Singapore has not decided the fate of the title

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the victory of Lewis Hamilton and the gathering of Sebastian Vettel in Singapore has not decided the fate of the title of season 2017.Toto Wolff "I'm cautious. Even on Sunday morning we thought about minimizing losses, and in the evening have all talked about a 28-point advantage.But there is still six races, which means that the situation may turn against us six times, as it happened in Singapore for Ferrari".

2017-09-19 10:44:03

Chapter Mercedes We just wanted to minimize the loss

Chapter Mercedes We just wanted to minimize the loss

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team in Singapore was not going to win.Toto Wolff "We woke up on race day with a clear mindset is to minimize our losses. And left Singapore victorious. It was one of those days that reminds you how unpredictable and incredible can be the Motorsport. It is clear that we were just lucky, but lucky not only to win, and two cars to avoid the accident at the start of the race. After that, we just made the most of their opportunities.We celebrated this victory. And you know, this race showed that in the remaining six Grand Prix to happen anything".

2017-09-14 13:44:04

Chapter Mercedes In Singapore we are waiting for a serious struggle

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the Singapore his team will face a serious fight for the victory.Toto Wolff "This track, which we are very ill-suited. There's a lot of slow corners, lots of bumps and a little straight. This year we hope to win, we are preparing for the heat of the struggle.A clear definition of our strengths and weaknesses were the driving force of our team in recent seasons. We will strive to become better and stronger in all areas, we did analyses to identify all their strengths and weaknesses.In 2015, we lost the race in Singapore, so a lot of work to win. This time we will also fight for the best result".

2017-09-13 15:24:03

The Mercedes team has extended the contract with Valtteri Bottas

The Mercedes team has extended the contract with Valtteri Bottas

Valtteri Bottas will hold in the Mercedes is still at least one season, the team officially announced the contract extension until the end of 2018.Toto Wolff, head of the team "this year, Valtteri had a hard time since he appeared in the Mercedes at the last moment, becoming a partner of one of the best pilots of Formula-1. However, it achieved good results.Yes, there were UPS and downs, although the problems were much less, than successes, including victory in Russia and Austria. The results of Valtteri and his progress made it easy to solve the issue with a contract extension for next season. In addition, we value the relationships that have developed between our pilots."Valtteri Bottas "Continued cooperation with Mercedes in the season of 2018 is a great honour for me. I enjoy every day that I spend in the team since then, as it became a part of it in January of this year. During this time I had much to learn. We had many pleasant moments that I will never forget.The contract extension for the season-2018 says that I have justified the confidence of the team. I won the first victory in the Mercedes lineup and I am sure that there is potential for further progress".As already mentioned, the contract is extended only for one season. Previously Toto Wolff said that at the end of 2018, would exempt pilots which may be of interest to Mercedes. For example, Max Verstappen and Daniel ricciardo.

2017-09-10 19:24:03

Head of Mercedes the Opposition will not destroy mutual respect with Ferrari

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that the fight for the title will not destroy the close ties of his team with Ferrari.Toto Wolff "I do not want and will not allow our opposition to have destroyed the respect that exists between our teams. We are all in this together, so it's silly to carry all personal. I like how it is in Rugby where you can be cruel and hard opponents can try to strike each other during the match, but after the game together to drink beer.Our opposition is based on many years of work. We fierce competitors, and we don't want to have a coffee together during race weekend. But our relations and cooperation are essential as we work for the benefit of the giant platform. And if this giant platform is successful, we all win".

2017-09-08 11:44:06

Toto Wolff dissatisfied with the weather service Formula 1

Toto Wolff dissatisfied with the weather service Formula 1

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff expressed his dissatisfaction with the official meteorological service of Formula 1.This year Meteo France took on the role of provider information about the weather for all Formula 1 teams. But in Monza the weather forecasters apparently gave incorrect predictions.Toto Wolff "on Friday they promised all-day rain, but the sun was out. On Saturday we were promised a dry day, but we all remember how was practice and qualification".Wolf hinted that Formula 1 needs to rethink its dependence on centralized meteorological services, whereas in the past the teams are engaged with their own suppliers.Toto Wolff "Maybe we need to think if it's right. Perhaps we should return to the old regulations".

2017-09-06 11:54:04

The teams of the 2018 contracts and rumors after Monza

The teams of the 2018 contracts and rumors after Monza

In the course of the last two Grand Prix in Spa and Monza, some teams voiced signed with the pilots contracts. Permutations to the top teams is not expected, although technically jobs are still there.Mercedes the contract Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes ends at the end of 2018. Agreement with Valtteri Bottas was signed only for one season. However, Finn has proved himself as a team player, and leadership in the face of Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda spoke in favor of the contract extension.The final word for the Board of Directors. However, other candidates for this place not Sebastian Vettel extended his contract with Ferrari, Fernando Alonso was given to understand that he should not dream about Mercedes after the scandal of 2007, and young drivers Esteban Windows and Pascal Wehrlein lack experience.Ferrari before the start of the home Grand Prix of Italy, the team extended the contracts with current drivers. And if Sebastian Vettel the agreement signed before the end of 2020, with Kimi Raikkonen signed a one-year contract.Red Bull Red Bull satisfied with the work of Daniel ricciardo and max Verstappen. There has repeatedly stated that both pilots connected with the team multi-year contracts. The pilots themselves did not seem very satisfied with the situation in the Red Bull. But they should go nowhere, as vacancies in the Mercedes and Ferrari will only appear at the end of 2018.Force India Esteban a Window signed a multiyear contract, but the agreement with Sergio Perez ends this year. The team is ready to prolong the contract with the Mexican, behind which there are respectable sponsors, but the pilot admitted that he has other offers. If Perez leaves Force India, it is likely to replace Pascal Wehrlein.Williams no doubt, lance Stroll will retain a seat at Williams due to large financial injections from Stroll-Scarecrow. The team needs a second experienced pilot, and Felipe Massa copes with this role. Most likely, the Brazilian will keep his place.A couple of weeks ago there were rumors that the pilot Williams could become Fernando Alonso. But it is unlikely the Spaniard will agree to change sewed on soap in the near future, Williams will not fight for victory.Toro Rosso Carlos Sainz signed a multiyear contract, but there is a small chance that for good compensation, the Spaniard will move to Renault.Place Daniil Kvyat in the team Dolny shaky - his back literally breathes Pierre went Out. In addition, in the Wake of rumors about a possible collaboration with Toro Rosso, Honda has been assumed that one of the places is a Japanese pilot.Renault Nico Hulkenberg signed a one-year contract with the possibility of renewal for the season 2018. Obviously, the team would exercise its right and extend the agreement with the German pilot.But the likelihood of a contract renewal with Jolyon Palmer minimum. As a replacement candidacies of Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, Robert Kubica and Russian Sergey Sirotkin.Some time talked about returning to Renault's Fernando Alonso, but the French team gave to understand that is not going to give the Spaniard the championship the car in the next three years.Navlabel team gene Haas stated he was pleased with the results of Roman Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen and intends to leave the pilots for next season without changes. But official statements have not yet been. However, Magnussen has already said that he has a contract for season 2018.McLaren Vandorn has a long-term contract with McLaren. The agreement with Fernando Alonso expires at the end of the year, and the Spaniard said that he would remain only if the team will change the engine supplier.If Alonso will leave McLaren, to Jenson button. In addition, rumors circulated about a possible invitation of Carlos Sainz.Sauber is no doubt that his place will retain Marcus Ericsson, who is affiliated with the sponsors and team owners. Second place is likely to get one from a protg of the Ferrari. It will either be Antonio Giovinazzi or Charles LeClair. Instead, the Swiss team will receive discounts on Italian powerplants.

2017-09-06 10:04:04

Toto Wolff admitted that he drank coffee with Verstappen

Toto Wolff admitted that he drank coffee with Verstappen

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he had met with the father of max Verstappen at Monza.Amid high-profile negotiations with the participation of McLaren, Honda, Toro Rosso and officials of Formula 1 there was another notable meeting.She passed between Wolff and former Formula 1 driver Jos Verstappen. Rumor has it that the conversation was about the departure of max from the Red Bull.Toto Wolff "first, I know Jos, as he was a pilot. We both have a friend who was there with us. This Is Niki Lauda. We drank coffee, I admit it.The following year max we will not take - it is not available. In 2019 it is one of the contenders for the role of a pilot in our team. Max is one of the great stars of the future, but there are also many others Valtteri, ricciardo and Esteban Windows".

2017-09-05 11:44:04

The contract with Bottas nearly signed

The contract with Bottas nearly signed

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff told that the team is ready to extend the contract with Valtteri Bottas.Toto Wolff "We are very happy with it. He had very good races, like in Sochi, and more challenging races like in Spa, but the stability is very important for team. The contract is prepared, a lot of time to sign it will not take".Previously, Wolff said that the team intends to extend the contract with Benchmark for one year only, because at the end of 2018 will be released a few pilots.

2017-09-04 11:54:05

Father Verstappen talks with the leadership of Mercedes

Father Verstappen talks with the leadership of Mercedes

The summit at Monza may affect the future of max Verstappen in Formula 1.Bild newspaper reported that the father of Red Bull's driver Jos Verstappen, met with the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff.But as a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda denies "All these rumors are nonsense. The fact that Verstappen has a contract with Red Bull until the end of 2019. By 2020 it may not be any changes. It needs to be there for another two years.Until then a lot can happen, so it makes no sense to talk about this topic".

2017-09-01 11:54:03

Niki Lauda Bottas should be number two

Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda believes that Valtteri Bottas will run on Lewis Hamilton.Niki Lauda "there are still eight races, there is still a lot of points. Lewis and Sebastian had no gatherings, and I don't want to, it's just a fact. But something can always happen."Valtteri Bottas "it is Clear that from a certain point of the season the team have clearly put everything on one pilot, but it seems to me that while it used to do."Toto Wolff "We want to keep ourselves open to all scenarios, but we know that there is no solution to the current problem, there is no single tool.Ferrari already have the division into rooms, and we were allowed to compete. Let's see what will happen after Monza. The situation is on our side, but in Spa we saw that Ferrari had made progress".Niki Lauda "it's Time to stop squandering points. I know how important every point, especially when you consider them at the end of the season.I know exactly what we need to do. The Bottom was not strong performances at Spa so Lewis is more likely to win the championship. If Lewis did not give the three points in Budapest, he would now lagged behind all on four points from Vettel".

2017-08-31 14:34:08

Mercedes Alonso is not for us

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff reiterated that the emergence of Fernando Alonso in the ranks of the German team is unlikely because of the scandal of 2007, when the Spaniard drove for McLaren-Mercedes.Toto Wolff "As I said, Fernando and Mercedes is not the best relationship. This is a very experienced and talented pilot, but he's not for us."Everything goes to the fact that partner Lewis Hamilton next season will remain as Valtteri Bottas. If this Mercedes is ready to sign with Finn only a one-year contract.Toto Wolff "we are Ready to continue cooperation with Valtteri, it remains only to specify details of the contract. It is unknown what will happen after 2018 when the market pilots will be jobs".

2017-08-31 12:24:04

Toto Wolff plays against Ferrari

Toto Wolff plays against Ferrari

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff has promised to keep behind closed doors any quarrel with Ferrari concerning the rules on new engines.Over the weekend it was reported that Ferrari is mad at Mercedes for violating the gentleman's agreement. It concerned the ban on the launch of a new spec engine until the FIA will not publish new rules on oil in the fuel. It was expected that the new engines will appear only at Monza, but the German team presented its engine is already in Spa.Toto Wolff "On the track we compete very hard. But if there are problems, we discuss them behind closed doors. It is important to be careful and not to publish anything that can be misconstrued".

2017-08-30 13:04:03

Head of Mercedes No conspiracy in the Spa was not

Head of Mercedes No conspiracy in the Spa was not

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the words of Lewis Hamilton on the conspiracy in his address in Belgium is not worth a damn.Lewis Hamilton "I thought it was like NASCAR where the safety car out for no reason on the track.They could start the virtual machine security, but I think they wanted to make a show, to turn the tide race against me."Toto Wolff "Maybe the track was really debris and was unsafe to continue the race.Speed at Spa is very high and no one wants an accident due to pieces of carbon fibre on the track.I can understand the reaction of Lewis because he tried to keep the gap with Vettel. But I think if he will take into account all the circumstances, will have nothing against the use of the safety car in that case".

2017-08-30 10:24:03

The contract Lewis Hamilton will not be discussed in this year

The contract Lewis Hamilton will not be discussed in this year

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the extension of the contract of Lewis Hamilton in this year is unlikely to be discussed.Toto Wolff "Between Mercedes and Lewis now have a very good relationship. But we're not going to talk about topics such as the contract, now or even before the end of the season.We still have eight difficult races, so it will be a very intense period, when it is inappropriate to have these discussions".The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes expires at the end of 2018.

2017-08-29 11:04:04

Mercedes wanted Vettel

Mercedes wanted Vettel

A recent statement by a non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda says plainly that the German command tried to convince Sebastian Vettel in his camp.Niki Lauda "Only when it became clear that he wants to stay with Ferrari, we have stopped negotiations."However, the head of the team Toto Wolff denies it.Toto Wolff "No contact with Sebastian was not. In fact, zero. I don't know what he was talking about Nicky, but in the end, we are all in the paddock, and we all ask each other "How are you What are you doing".

2017-08-28 12:04:06

Bottas will receive a contract for the season before the 2018 Monza

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas set to stay in the team for next year.Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "it goes without saying that Valtteri remains. We are talking only about the contract details. In my opinion, the chances that he will stay in the team, very high."Sources report that the contract Bottas in 2018 will be announced on the eve of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

2017-08-28 12:04:04

From Pascal Wehrlein still have chances for the season-2018

From Pascal Wehrlein still have chances for the season-2018

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff told about the chances of Pascal Wehrlein to stay in the Formula 1 championship next year.Toto Wolff "In my opinion, much still depends on Pascal. He can still show good results in the Sauber.May the door of this team will be closed for him next year because of the close relationships the Sauber with Ferrari, but at the same time, there is one chance."This chance may be the Force India team, which has already passed a protg of Mercedes Esteban-UPS. However, for this it needs to leave Sergio Perez.

2017-08-24 10:54:06

Toto Wolff Mercedes Approach gives an advantage to Vettel

Toto Wolff Mercedes Approach gives an advantage to Vettel

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that his team may be required to change work style to defeat Sebastian Vettel in the fight for the title of season 2017.Toto Wolff "it is Clear that Ferrari is doing everything only for Vettel, while our philosophy speaks of the equality of the two pilots. We are at a disadvantage in relation to the Scuderia. In the last few years this was not a problem, because we fought for the championship in our team, but now it's different, and we have to adapt.I discuss it with James Ellison. The situation does not change if we fix the problems with the car.And it is not true that we want to sign Vettel. We never talked with SEB.One of our principles is to talk first with our pilots and see if they have or have the desire to continue. The Hamilton contract ends in 2018, but so far there have been no problems".

2017-08-20 19:14:03

Mercedes does not negotiate with Vettel

Mercedes does not negotiate with Vettel

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is not in talks with Sebastian Vettel.Toto Wolff in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "We don't negotiate with Vettel. Our team decided to first discuss the situation with their pilots to decide to leave them or not.A contract with Lewis Hamilton is designed for 2018, and we hope that he will stay with us beyond this date".It is known that Ferrari Vettel is a three-year contract, but the German is ready to sign only a one-year deal. It is not excluded that Sebastian is considering a move to Mercedes, if there will be a vacant place.

2017-08-15 08:04:03

Head of Mercedes Formula 1 - is a technology and innovation

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff hopes that the championship will continue to work with the latest technologies.Toto Wolff "I firmly believe that Formula 1 right now means high-tech, innovation and productivity. If we are going back to the 1980s or 1990s, because we loved it, then this is the wrong strategy.The discussions now continue, lead to the fact that we are not going to change some important features of the championship. Development cost needs to be under control, but Formula 1 needs to be high-tech, hybrid, should be a reasonable ratio of power-to-weight, and should be sound. We look at how you can achieve this, and still all the teams go on one way.I believe that by the end of the year we will be able to come to a decision and say, "This is what we want to do in 2021".

2017-08-06 23:24:03

Chapter Mercedes we already had talks with Bottas

Chapter Mercedes we already had talks with Bottas

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is already considering options contracts with Valtteri Bottas.Toto Wolff "Summer is a good time to talk and think. We already had negotiations with Valtteri to Hungary. I'd love to go to Asia for the final race already signed the contract".

2017-08-05 23:54:08

Ferrari Chairman We decide how a brand will go to Formula E

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne said that he does not know under what name the team will speak of the concern FCA in the championship of Formula E. Sergio Marchionne "I talked about the Formula-E with Toto Wolff, but I can tell you right now that Ferrari will be there.But we are considering the possibility of entering the championship brand of FCA Fiat Chrysler. Though under what name, we don't know yet".

2017-08-04 12:34:05

The situation with Valtteri Bottas is still in question

The situation with Valtteri Bottas is still in question

While it looks uncertain fate of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes, and time, meanwhile, to conclude the contract less.Valtteri Bottas "of Course, we need to talk about what will happen in the near future. I don't have the slightest idea about my future, but the problem is that I dropped in the sauna to the water your mobile phone Will have to wait for a meeting with the team in the Spa."Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "the Summer break is a good time for negotiation and reflection. We had good talks with Valtteri to Hungary. I think we will finish before the last race in Europe."The last step in Europe is the Italian Grand Prix in early September.

2017-08-03 22:24:03

Mercedes deny the discontent Toto after Hungary

The team denies that their leader was furious when Lewis Hamilton refused a place on the podium, giving third to team-mate Valtteri bottas to.Appeared a video, in which Wolff clapped on the table, a chair and angrily yelled at Niki Lauda in a time when Bottas passed his Hamilton.Wolff acknowledged that the shuffling of teammates, while Hamilton is fighting for the world championship, was one of the most difficult decisions.Toto Wolff "Sometimes to do the right thing and fight for the values that you stand for. It's very hard, believe me. Feel very bad".As for the video, and here Wolff found the answer "No. It was just a relief when they crossed the finish line. The guys were very happy with the swap".

2017-08-02 13:34:05

Toto Wolff about the situation with the swap

Toto Wolff about the situation with the swap

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff told about how the team decided to change positions during the race in Hungary.Toto Wolff "the Pace of Lewis, it seemed, was higher. We were not sure that Valtteri will be able to catch up with Ferrari, because when you come nearer to ahead going car, your tires are destroyed faster. It is very difficult. Therefore, he could not cope with the attacks on Raikkonen. Lewis said "I can go much faster. Give me a chance, I will overtake".Then we had a long discussion about how we will work, because Verstappen is rapidly approaching, and we didn't want to lose the podium and 4th place under any circumstances.So we decided that if Lewis can't overtake, then returns the position on the last lap in the last corner. It would restrict opportunities for overtaking Verstappen. Hamilton supported the decision, and more discussion was not.It was a very sportsmanship like what was previously done Valtteri, and, of course, it was a very difficult decision for the team, but completely honest in relation to sport pilots, to the fans".

2017-08-01 10:44:04

Head of Mercedes the decision to return the place to Bottas could cost title

Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that the decision to return the position to Valtteri Bottas during the race in Hungary could cost Lewis Hamilton the title.During the race at the Hungaroring, Valtteri Bottas missed ahead of Lewis Hamilton to give him a chance to compete for a higher position with the pilots of Ferrari. But Lewis couldn't pass the pilots, so returned to the third position, Valtteri, which cost the British 3 points in the standings. The gap from Sebastian Vettel is now 14 points.Toto Wolff "This decision has cost us three points and can cost in the end of the title. We are well aware of this. But from the point of view of how our pilots, what is the philosophy of the team, we have done everything right. The team accepts the fact that he can lose the title, but for us more important that the fight was honestly,".

2017-07-31 16:24:06

Mercedes does not refuse from Formula 1 for Formula E

Mercedes does not refuse from Formula 1 for Formula E

Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that there is no risk that his company was going to do the races of the Formula E. To work in Formula 1 is not affected.Niki Lauda "Formula 1 is our sport, so to go we will not. Formula E is the future of the automotive industry. We were supposed to take part in these competitions, to keep up with progress.At the same time, we should try to make Formula E more attractive, because at the moment racing with the change machine looks unusual".The head of the team Mercedes Toto Wolff "Formula E is still in its infancy, but the electrification is in full swing.I would not be surprised if in three, four, five years, Formula E is completely different, and we will discuss each race".Earlier it became known that Mercedes at the end of 2018, will leave the series for DTM, Formula E.