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Manual Mercedes admitted that he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton after 2018.Niki Lauda "this year, Lewis won the championship for Mercedes, it look very easy. I think the Ferrari was the best car in all respects, Red Bull is also added to the end of the season. But Lewis drove like never before, allowing a minimum of errors. He gave us the title".Toto Wolff "He is the greatest pilot I ever worked with. We really want to stay with us."Interestingly, since, as Lewis made his debut in Formula 1 in 2007, he performed on machines only with Mercedes engines.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he did not like how Liberty works with Formula 1.Toto Wolff "We had to give them time to look at the peculiarities of the championship. But I can already tell that Mercedes and other big teams have issues that greatly concern us.First, they restructured the Formula-1, hiring a number of specialists for the 70 million, which means less revenue for the teams. We still don't know what amount will be divided between us in 2018.Every time we speak with them, I feel they want to introduce there a system of NASCAR, where all the teams are the same, so that everyone can win. But it's the opposite of Formula-1.In our competition, we honor the best cars, the best engineers and the best pilots. And that's what Ross Brawn should know because he was part of this Formula-1.Bernie Ecclestone came up with something and turned it into something gorgeous for 50 years. And now we are responsible for these achievements. We have different opinions on how to do it, but we will continue the talks".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that a full-fledged fight for the title of Valtteri bottas to not have enough aggression.Toto Wolff "It was the year of Lewis Hamilton, although our car wasn't the best. Over the past three years, as Lauda said, our advantage would make him a four-time world champion. But this year, Lewis gave us the title, and we helped him do it. The Ferrari was a strong contender.Valtteri began the year uncertainly, but in the end was able to recover. However, it should be "killer" if he wants to fight for the title".
In Brazil the staff of Mercedes, Williams and FIA was subjected to an armed assault during movement between the track and the hotel. Felipe Massa believes that this is a big problem for the future of his homeland.Lewis Hamilton "I was terrified when I found out about the incident. The saddest thing is that I'm already in the League for about ten years, and every year at least someone from the paddock becomes the victim of local bandits. The organizers are also responsible, because they must guarantee us security."Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff "Brazil is a great country, but we don't need armored vehicles to safely travel from the hotel to the highway".Felipe Massa "It's very sad not only for those who are experiencing such problems, but also for Brazilians. All of this suggests that the time has come for the country to develop further and not to stand still.We race in Mexico, we were in India, and I don't know, is it dangerous there as it is here.But for the responsible people it is a problem, because they have to ensure safety for everyone who comes onto the stage.I love Brazil, but at the moment I'm not coming back here to live. My son is studying in Monaco, he speaks three languages, which is important for its future. Perhaps in the future I would like to come back here when there are safer and better".
The Mercedes team in the official newsletter, declared that during the last two Grand Prix of the season-2017 will be to work on new products for next year.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "For the two races to the end of the season the balance of risk for the team has changed dramatically compared to the situation before the Grand Prix of Mexico.The last two races, so will be a good opportunity for us to test some interesting decisions for next year. We will conduct a series of experiments for two Fridays. We are even willing to sacrifice the races, if you get a chance to be better next year".The team has already secured victory in the constructors 'championship and the drivers' championship. However, there is still a chance to take second place in the standings, where Valtteri Bottas concedes Sebastian Vettel 15 points.
The best teams of Formula 1 Ferrari and Mercedes oppose Liberty Media's plans for the modernization of the championship.Toto Wolff, Mercedes "We are curious to see what we will submit for the capitalization. What are the budgets in the future - that is the question".It is believed that in order to ensure that all requirements regarding the limitation of budgets, each team will be the representative of the FIA.Toto Wolff "I don't think it will work. No one will know about our internal structures and processes".The former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone believes Ferrari also adopts a new budget structure.Bernie Ecclestone "the teams want to spend what they can afford to spend, and I have always said this. Other teams may spend as much as you can."Sergio Marchionne, Ferrari "I think that to argue we will be a very long time, until we reach joint decisions".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff believes that all changes for 2021 should be treated with great caution.Toto Wolff "I think that whenever you change the rules, then create an opportunity for the big gap between the teams. And there is no difference, relate these changes to the engines or of certain restrictions.The more you do not touch the rules, as it is now with engines, the difference between teams getting smaller. View on the level of competition stables now and three years ago. I think the new changes to the rules must be done with great caution.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Bernie Ecclestone is making up rumors about collusion Mercedes and Ferrari.Toto Wolff "Bernie is the only person who can throw a hand grenade on the other side of the world, which gets into the target and explodes. I like his funny storiesI miss him, but, of course, the story about the conspiracy - it is a perfect absurdity."Earlier, Ecclestone said that Mercedes helped Ferrari in the completion of the power plant.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that if this year Nico Rosberg continued to speak, he could not spread their wings.Lewis Hamilton "absolutely not. I would not be able to achieve such dynamics in the work on the track and beyond. Care Nico helped me a lot.Last year we sat down at the negotiating table with Toto Wolff. We laid everything out on the table. Saw that it is better for the team and decided that now works".
Pascal Werlein may lose the support of Mercedes. He now plays for Sauber, but next season is likely to remain without a place in the Swiss team.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "Williams - the only option is the Pascal. They consider several pilots. Pascal has a chance, but we can't do more than what's already done.At some point the pilot must begin to stand on their own two feet".
The first and fifth places in Austin ahead of schedule has enabled Mercedes to win the constructors ' championship. For the German team's fourth consecutive victory.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "First of all, I want to thank all the staff who work on the bases in Brackley and Brixworth. I also want to acknowledge the fantastic support we receive from the hand of Mercedes in Stuttgart. I'm glad we were able to once again become the strongest after the major changes in the regulations.In Austin, we won the Cup of designers - this is one of our goals. Now the challenge is to win the remaining three races."As already said Balo, Mercedes are fourth in the constructors ' championship and on this indicator the team caught up with Red Bull. More wins in the championship only on Lotus 7, McLaren 8, Williams 9 and Ferrari 16.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff revealed the secrets of the success of the team this year.Toto Wolff "this year, we can clearly see the reasons for our success. The team works at a very high level in every area and continues to constantly evolve.We are obsessed working with a huge attention to every detail, and we continue to develop our car at the highest level throughout the season.Our thinking has always been associated with constant improvement, development, regardless of the outcome, which we enjoyed and are enjoying so far. Our contributions pay off".
Manual Mercedes refuses in advance to note the title of season 2017. Before the end of the season is just four races, while Lewis Hamilton is already a lead of 59 points.Toto Wolff "Everything can happen in these races. You can never be sure of anything. This year we saw one of the most difficult Championships in the world for a long time, and now we need to continue to do everything that the season was successful for us.Our car has never failed us, but the Scuderia has shown that anything can happen and very quickly. In the races unpredictability is the main factor that always something can happen, and you need to play 100 points. We won't take your foot off the gas until you get your title.Niki Lauda "Suzuka has been an incredible step forward. But the title is still not in our pocket.But now the situation looks better and easier for us. Our car looks better when going ahead. If you have to catch up, aerodynamics is not the best way".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff confirmed that Suzuka met with Jos Verstappen.Toto Wolff "I've always had a good relationship with Jos, even when Max was not yet close to Formula 1.I've heard that Helmut Marko bluntly said, well, we all do, that stealing other people's pilots. I heard that only Red Bull has the "balls" to give young pilots the opportunity to prove themselves, in contrast to Ferrari and Mercedes.But honestly, here at Mercedes, we are thinking with their heads and not "balls".
At the end of the Japanese race Lewis Hamilton complained about engine vibration. However, the team is not worried about the reliability of the power plant with the leader of the championship.Toto Wolff "the beginning of the race in Japan, Lewis went very smoothly, saving the engine and tires, but closer to the finish line had its challenges. This is not a problem of the engine. All referred only to tyres which did not work after mode virtual machine security".Lewis Hamilton "I felt some vibration, but I'm willing to forget about it. Honestly, I don't think that the engine is something wrong. You make a lot of changes for the race, use many switches, and the turbine creates strange noises and vibration, so I don't think something is wrong".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is completely satisfied with the work of Valtteri Bottas, so their place in next year Finn will not lose.Toto Wolff "Valtteri is starting to live up to its trust. In Japan, he had a good race. Lately he is in a difficult situation, but now Bottas is moving in the right direction. And when he will recover, tog will become stronger than ever".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he didn't tell the press that he doesn't like to fly difficult to set up a German car.Lewis Hamilton "I didn't say that, it said Toto Wolff. The car is really stubborn, but I am stubborn, so I like everything.I really don't know where we'll be quick, and where surrender to the Ferrari. It's great, such a struggle I love it".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that Valtteri Bottas Smith his next contract.Toto Wolff "I Recently learned that Valtteri wants to get a long term contract with our team. While he has only a contract for next year.Everything is in his hands, he just needs to start fast to fly and achieve good results."Meanwhile, at the end of 2018 from the contract with Red Bull's Max Verstappen will be released, and Mercedes are willing to pay a substantial sum for the transfer of the Dutchman.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team will give Valtteri bottas the car tailored to his style of driving.Toto Wolff "we already Have a version of the car, tested Valtteri, suitable to his style of driving. For us it is a priority to give him a machine that will help him accomplish the goal. It needs to extract the maximum out of it. Bottas is now experiencing a difficult period, but he has enough will power, ethics and talent to cross this time.Lewis could have used all the possibilities in recent weeks, he was in fantastic shape, especially after the summer break, and now only moves forward.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that his team is looking for the reasons why in Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was unable to fight for victory.Toto Wolff "we Have not been able to challenge Red Bull or Ferrari. We need to understand why we can not cope with specific goals.In General, the past weekend for us was more favorable than for the Scuderia, and that's very comforting to know".
According to the results of Friday practice in Malaysia pilots Mercedes were sixth and seventh positions behind Ferrari in fifteen seconds.Toto Wolff, head of Mercedes "not the best Friday. We have from the beginning had problems with the tires. We look for the cause. The balance of the car leaves much to be desired, it slides in all the corners. Perhaps it is due to overheating of the front and rear tires.On different tracks, our car looks different. In Monza and Silverstone, we were ahead for a second, and there were problems. We can't understand why this is happening".
Mercedes, savelia that Lewis Hamilton can Express their personality and their opinions in a free manner.In recent days, three-time champion shocked the fans with his statements about the United States fashion, your status, and talk about veganism.Toto Wolff "If he drives a Ferrari outside of the track, so he drives a Ferrari. You can't lock him in a cage. Sometimes it gives us gray hair, but tough day he is the man we want to see in your car."Marketing boss Jens timer agree that the Mercedes suits often contradictory views of Lewis, his behavior and personality.Jens timer "We don't want puppets or robots were ambassadors of our brand. Pilots should be loyal to the brand they represent, but you have to let them be themselves".
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".
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".
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".
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".
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.
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".
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".