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Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that McLaren and Renault could pose a serious threat to his team in 2018.Toto Wolff "This is the pinnacle of Motorsport in which you have to respect every team and the best pilots.We take Ferrari, we take Red Bull, McLaren we accept, we are serious about Renault. These guys can fight for the championship. And some of the other teams can surprise us".
Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda said that he is not going to withdraw from the championship after the purchase of the airline Niki.Niki Lauda "Who said that I will be less in Formula 1 Nothing changes. As always, I will attend every Grand Prix and will take part in the work of the team in Brackley and as often as necessary."Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "the Work of Niki in our Supervisory Board have never been questioned, no problems at all there.".
Mercedes has refused to support Pascal Wehrlein. This year, the German left without a seat at Sauber, will become a test pilot with Mercedes.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes team "We are working with Pascal since 2013. He got the opportunity to prove himself in Formula 1 after 2015 became the champion of the DTM. He spent two difficult seasons in Manor and Sauber, but, nevertheless, will stay in the Mercedes family - in the season of 2018 he'll be our test pilot. In 2019 we will try to return it in the race."Wehrlein had taken part in the tests Mercedes. Obviously, this season he will not only be a test pilot, but the reserve pilot of the German team.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff was seen on the Austrian ski slopes in company with Sebastian Vettel, so the German is already waiting for loud headlines in the press.Toto Wolff "Now you write all that Sebastian goes to Mercedes But we are just neighbours in Switzerland and friends, we just have fun times together".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he had changed his opinion on the situation when the teammates are rivals.Toto Wolff "I have always believed that a strong rivalry between the partners is good for the team because they will push each other forward.I think that the lesson that I learned after working with Nico and Lewis, was for me very meaningful. I think you need two pilots who are at a high level, who continue to push each other on the track, but the rivalry should not spill over into the debate outside of the machine.The struggle between Valtteri and Lewis helped us to develop the car very efficiently and helped us win both titles last year. So I am very happy with the pilots and the relations that are in the team".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff continues to advertise to the press of Valtteri Bottas, which has already dubbed the second room of the German team.Toto Wolff "Valtteri is a very strong pilot, and we saw it last year. But Lewis was able to gain a good shape after the summer holidays. The only reason he looked stronger. No team tactics was not.Valtteri managed at the end of the season to regain the advantage. Moreover, he continues to progress and after the end of the season. I think he wants to be first and best. He's got what it takes".
The Mercedes team will continue to support Pascal Wehrlein, although in the season of 2018 for it and no place.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "Pascal definitely deserves a place in Formula 1. He is one of the fastest pilots.At the moment the situation seems a bit complicated in respect of available places, but he will remain in our team.It is unknown whether he will participate in a category outside of Formula 1, but he'll certainly remain a part of our team".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that the winter this year is more relaxed than a year ago.Toto Wolff "It's definitely less stressful than last year. But who knows what will happen in the coming days - you never know what he thinks of Lewis.The team's performance and Lewis was incredible, and he had motivation, even after four Championships. I think he sees seven-time champion Michael Schumacher are within reach, and we will do our best to give him a car to beat the record.I am also happy that Lauda has left his position on television. It was a very personal decision, and its role in the Supervisory Board team had nothing to do with it. But it's good for us, because he now has more time, although in the past he was always first on the team. When Nicky gets to the boxes, cleaners, usually still working".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Valtteri Bottas has to be better next season.Toto Wolff "that's what he should do. We've seen some positive moments in Sochi and Austria, and then, after the summer break, Lewis came back very strong, and the step that made Lewis made Valtteri to go in the opposite direction.At the end of the season, Bottas managed just to get ahead. He's a Finn with a strong mentality, and I expect he'll be back stronger and faster pilot in the season of 2018.I think he's the first who wants to prove it to yourself. He knows his flaws and he knows he has strengths.Valtteri I know ten years - ten years ago, a small child appeared in the winter in my office in a small sweater without a jacket, without a father. He has a strong will, iron will and character, and I have no doubt that we will see the best of Valtteri in 2018".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff expects Lewis Hamilton will stay at Mercedes.Toto Wolff "I don't think Lewis will leave the team as suddenly as did Rosberg. But certainly you never know.We never expected anything like this in 2016, but then we got a call Niko.I expect that he will remain in the team next year. We are happy to work with him, and he is pleased with us."The current Mercedes contract with Hamilton expires at the end of this year.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that the leadership of Mercedes, which supports his career, rather his achievements in his debut season.Esteban Windows "And in the Force India satisfied with what I'm doing, and Mercedes. And if all happy, I just need to continue to do everything in my power. With Toto Wolff most of the time we talk on the phone, sometimes on the track.They called me for a meeting at 35-40 minutes to see where I stand, what my problem, do I need to improve. They also hold a meeting with Force India, to see how my development goes. They are very close to me, they are closely related to my career. But that's OK, because Mercedes is investing money in me.They are really interested in what I do, and I think it's good for my career."It is possible that in 2019, the Windows will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that Frank conversation with Toto Wolff before the season 2017 it really helped.Lewis Hamilton "If you are in the office and your boss doesn't want you was there, then it's not a very good atmosphere, doesn't it You want to work there, but you don't. This is just a negative, distracting from what you're capable of.This meeting was really important to restart things, so when I joined the team after the meeting, everyone knew that I will do everything possible to win.If there are any negative or question without an answer, it is only holding you back, so it was almost a cleansing of the relationship and re-launch of the joint work. We re-started the business, the Foundation of which was laid many years ago".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Valtteri Bottas is confident before the season started-2018.Toto Wolff "His confidence is back after the last race in Abu Dhabi, and we saw a really good qualification in Brazil and in Abu Dhabi in his performance. We never doubted the speed of Valtteri.In the past year, difficulties in interaction with the tires and chassis gave problems Valtteri. Lewis coped with them much better. Maybe next year everything will be easier".
It is known that the leadership of the McLaren decided to part ways with Honda, the first thing turned to Mercedes, but in the end, a contract was signed for the supply of the power plant of Renault.Non-Executive Director of Mercedes Niki Lauda, for example, opposed the supply of engines to McLaren, unlike Toto. Wolff now claims that the German minders were ready to resume cooperation with the British team.Toto Wolff "We were ready to put their engines to the McLaren team, but negotiations dragged on heavily, and the necessary resources for collaboration in 2018 was not. Perhaps in the future the cooperation will resume."Team McLaren used Mercedes engines from 1995 to 2014.
Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin are applying for a place in Williams. However, the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff advises the British team to look at the young pilots who won last season of the Junior series.Toto Wolff in an interview with BBC5 "If I were the head of Williams, would risk and would invite George Russell Lando Norris or Charles LeClair is the talented guys that have experience winning Championships. Tomorrow they will be superstars".Russell, a career supported by Mercedes, this year became the champion GP3, Norris, under the tutelage of McLaren, won the European Formula-3, Leclere, a protege of Ferrari - Formula-2.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff raised a new question, leaving the engines in the background. Agenda - distribution of prize Formula 1 for the period up to 2020.Toto Wolff "well, That's the elephant in the room. This is the most important topic after 2020. It is clear that we need to find a structure that works for everyone. Some of the smaller teams very hard fight for income.We are not against price restrictions, while it is possible to control, and he has a reasonable system of administration. We are not going to reduce our work force by 30 percent from year to year, and we are not going to abandon the advantages of the manufacturer that we have, so there must be something else.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said the German pilot comments on the situation in Baku.Toto Wolff "We immediately looked at the telemetry to see if there was something similar to the intentional release of an opponent or not. But we have not seen anything like it.But emotion and anger Sebastian was off the charts at the moment. He was the first who recognized then that it was all done stupid. He will no longer commit such maneuvers. It certainly".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff agreed with the opinion of the President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne that Liberty is pushing the championship to the ancient and unnecessary engines.Toto Wolff "I agree that we now have in hand is the powerplant, which is the most powerful and efficient racing engine. Thanks to new rules we can still fine-tune and optimise the engine. But to develop a new engine that would not meet modern standards of power and efficiency, we do not want. In this we agree with Ferrari. It's just a return to antiquity".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff warned Liberty Media that they are too aggressive and provoke the President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne.In recent days, Marchionne has intensified its threats to withdraw Ferrari from Formula 1, accusing Liberty that they don't want to make concessions on new engines beginning in season 2021.Sergio Marchionne "currently, we have a powerplant, which is the most powerful and efficient racing engine.With the new regulations on the engines we have the ability to optimize the powertrain. But to develop a new engine that does not meet the high-tech aspects of electrification, efficiency and power, that is, to develop some sort of archaic engine, we have neither the time nor the desire."Toto Wolff "I'm not afraid of threats Marchionne, but it should be taken seriously. I relaxed because Ferrari is Formula 1 and Formula 1 is Ferrari. But if I was the new promoter of Liberty Media, would not provoke Marchionne unacceptable proposals, requirements, or meaningless changes.I am also opposed to Formula-1 turned into a cheap shopping sport. Formula 1 should remain as it is. We are ready to evolve and become acquainted with new media, but we need the right evolution.I'd like to have three or four years ago, Bernie realized the impending changes and has not lost its power. His experience and enthusiasm, his knowledge of the pilot and businessman helped create Formula 1 a great sport".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Valtteri Bottas will have to carry the thought of his victory in Abu Dhabi through the whole winter and to bring to the first race of the season in 2018.Toto Wolff "I think that it needs to carry the winning momentum through the winter, forgetting about the hard time. It's probably his just what the doctor ordered. The best pilots are those who know how to find the strength to recover from bad moments.Maybe in a few years he will say that it was an important moment in his career. The only thing we can do as a racing team is to remain transparent and fair for both pilots. But, in the end, they are alone in the car. Nobody will be able to help on the road".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that it is impossible to estimate the speed of the team next year at the last race of last season.Toto Wolff "You have to be careful with interpretations of tempo. We can't talk about the speed of the cars next season, based on the speed of cars in the last race of last season. In addition, we saw a small part of the novelties during the tests, which will be at the start of the first race stone-2018.So far, I just don't feel that we can give ourselves a Pat on the shoulder, noting with pleasure their high speed in Abu Dhabi. I would prefer to remain a skeptic, not leaving stone upon stone in the subject of optimization of the machine".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he was ashamed of the fact that Pascal Wehrlein remained without a seat in Formula 1. Young and talented German several seasons have brought points to the command tail of the peloton, but it did not help him to fight with money bags of the rich and the less fast drivers.Toto Wolff "Pascal deserves to be in Formula 1. He's a great pilot. But now there is no place in the championship. It's a shame, because it has the potential to win, and his performances on the track were exceptional.Our goal is to find a new Lewis Hamilton, which is not easy because it is at a very high level.Our strategy is to quick to hire pilots who already have experience. Mercedes is not a place for learning. Those who come here should already be full-fledged pilots."Recently, the Mercedes team was supported by Wehrlein, but now, it seems that all the attention is turned to Esteban aukon and George Russell.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff denied the rumors that season-2019 his team is considering Esteban's Windows.Toto Wolff "Esteban is one of our pilots, and therefore in the picture it looks like we can take him. But a team of all power forwards on Valtteri.If we start to think about other pilots, the emotional side of Bottas will fail. He could then work at 100.I can assure you that we all want to Valtteri succeeded. Along with Lewis, he's our pilot, and we don't think about others.Of Valtteri has everything he needs. The guy should just pull myself together".Meanwhile, Bottas contract extended only until the end of 2018, and at the end of next season, free will be not only Windows, but Daniel ricciardo.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that all team leaders should now be at the same time with the new leadership of the championship.Toto Wolff "12 months ago Bernie was still in Formula 1. But we have to accept the new time, should support the new owners and the management for growth of Formula-1. But I wouldn't want to predict what will happen in 12 months.There are many things that were started from scratch, and some of them are quite interesting. But most importantly, we are all interested in the development of this fantastic sport. I would like to wish that this sport attracts a large audience of fans".
Mercedes continues to insist that at the end of 2020 will be able to leave behind the Ferrari from the championship.Earlier, the President of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne said that if Liberty Media will continue to implement their plans according to the rules and budget 2021, the Italian team can go.And now the head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he was also dissatisfied with the activities of Liberty in Formula 1.Toto Wolff "Nothing good happens. Strange innovations as Michael buffer in Austin, do not make the sport better.We don't see how the new rules will help to make our sport more interesting and cheaper. No one knows where will lead us this trip. We only know that sales and profits fell sharply.This scenario is quite possible, as with Ferrari. We are ready to withdraw from the championship. If we do not see what will be the Formula-1 on, then you need to ask yourself a difficult question do we want to work in this League".
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that there are signs that his former teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will soon leave the championship.Nico Rosberg "He has hinted this year that he didn't want to spend so much time on travel. He would not have done this if I didn't think about it at least a little bit."However, it is expected that negotiations about prolongation of the contract with Hamilton in the Mercedes has already started.Toto Wolff "He is an important part of the team. He was a very strong pilot, and it helps him and the team. So I hope that he will be with us in the future.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes valid till the end of 2018.
The Mercedes are predicting a bright future for max Verstappen.Lewis Hamilton "Max is a hot guy. Around him a lot of publicity, but the best way to stop them is to continue to overtake all. And the task for us is to overtake him in order to downplay the hype.Max has incredible skills. I think in 10 years it will be as good as me or Yourself now."Toto Wolff agrees "Verstappen could be the next superstar. But first he needs to complete his development and gain experience. The talent he already has, now waiting for a good car".
The architect of the racing tracks of the Formula 1 Herman Tilke defended its track in Abu Dhabi after a frankly boring the final stage of the season 2017. Previously, some pilots and team leaders criticized the Yas Marina.Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said after Sunday's race "It was one of the most boring races I can remember.Hamilton was probably faster than Bottas, but Max was faster than Raikkonen, but as soon as they came close, there was nothing I could do. We need to think about more interesting tracks for the championship.Lewis Hamilton agreed "I think they should change this track".Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff agrees "the Race was not very impressive. The championship is over and it plays a role, but with the new rules, these cars are incredibly difficult to overtake".Herman Tilke "In this race faster cars were ahead more slow, so overtaking was not, but it's certainly not the fault of the track. But we will discuss this in the future.I already have some ideas about changing a rotation that probably will have a big effect".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff confirmed that the FIA is not going to change the rules on limiting the number of parts to the season one pilot.Toto Wolff "Horner said these rules are crazy, but we all sat at the negotiating table when this was discussed. Producers were asked to optimize the cost of delivery to customers, and that's exactly what we did. Less parts, less money to pay for them.Yes, this is a huge problem to achieve such incredible reliability, but that's what we decided to do it.The President of the FIA Jean Todt agreed "I am unhappy when I hear that the pilot receives 150 penalties on the starting grid. But Formula 1 is very demanding on the nuances. Every detail on the engine needs to be installed.A limited number of engines is nothing new, we all know the rules".