Toto Wolff - Mercedes


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My experience of sportsmen, and the same applies to Nico, is it's almost inspiring the way we developed and looked at the weaknesses and improved the car and out of car. Lewis, over the winter, has analysed what went wrong and since then we haven't seen a moment of weakness. If four races ago I was going to tell you that Sebastian was going to DNF two times and not score well one time then you would have said it was almost impossible. This is motor racing, a DNF or two and suddenly the whole thing swings
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Oct 13 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Toto Wolff is associated, including World Champion and Nico. Most recently, Toto Wolff has been quoted saying: “We had this situation internally in the team and you can say that it's easier to manage because the team knew it was going to win but you've got to remember when Nico broke down in Singapore [in 2014] that meant the end of the championship or was a big blow to his chances in so far that we can relate to it.” in the article Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton hasn't shown any weakness in 2017.
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Jul 31 2017

Saying I wouldn't regret the decision would be very naive. The truth is that if we miss out on the championship by those two or three points, everybody would say it is because of Budapest. And I would be the first to shoot myself in the

Jul 31 2017

We don't drive in circles because we enjoy it so much. We drive in circles because we hope that it promotes our brand and makes us sell cars, and it's a very long term project. If you come here and you think this is what counts only, you are

Jul 31 2017

If I come back to what I think or what the purpose of us being here is, it is doing the right things and winning in the right way. Sometimes doing it the right way and standing by your values is very tough. And it was today. I feel

Jul 31 2017

We have seen the backlash of decisions that were ruthless and cold blooded, and the effect it had on a brand. Now you could say screw it, it still on them the championships, who cares, we are down in the history books, but I don't think this is the right

May 01 2017

He locked both front tyres and flat-spotted them. And our vibration metrics showed that it was pretty severe damage to the tyres, which harmed his performance at the end. And it was a bit of a stressful moment. But he kept it

May 01 2017

It's crazy that someone speculates about his position after three races. You need to give the guy time. He is an outstanding driver, there wasn't one year where he wasn't performing compared to his teammate. To be Lewis Hamilton's teammate, take over the reigning world champion's car and I think he has done a very good job. He has been on pole once and won the race today with a lot of pressure from Sebastian behind. Fantastic start, fantastic pace on the ultra-soft and I think he is a very deserved

May 01 2017 - Russia

I can't explain right now but we'll do some work over this week to fully understand it. I have some feelings about how it felt in the race and qualifying, I have some ideas but as I said lots of work over the week to figure out where we

May 01 2017 - Russia

I think everything we do is very marginal with the compounds and their interaction with the surface of the track. The ambient temperature, the track temperature, the surface bulk, carcass temperature -- there is so much you have to get right in order to be in that [performance] window. One thing is for sure, we have a very fast race car and a very fast qualifying car and we just need to tune it. This is an exciting

May 01 2017 - Russia

I think I could kind of match the times of the guys in front maybe, but the tyres wouldn't have lasted as long. It was probably not a good set up that I had, then with the backing off with the temperatures I was losing 0.7s per

May 01 2017 - Russia

Why it didn't go on Lewis' car we just need to find out, I don't want to speculate. My opinion is that he knows his way around here, he has won two races here so he has an extreme record in winning races in Sochi. So it's something between the car, tyres and driver that didn't work and we need to find out what it is. No I have not had that [in the past], I don't remember the last time we had that. It just meant I was out of the race from the get

May 01 2017

It's going to be extremely close. More than

May 01 2017

Nevertheless, both of them are fierce competitors and they will want to win races and fight for a championship; But I don't think it will affect the relationship and the dynamics within the team like it did in the last years between Nico and

May 01 2017

He (Bottas) took up that risky move to be Lewis Hamilton's team mate, to take over the reigning world champion's car, and I think that he has done a very good job. The relationship between the two is very intact, Lewis was one of the first to congratulate Valtteri on his first race victory and I think that shows the respect that they have towards each

Apr 30 2017

It wasn't all plain sailing for Ferrari either and obviously again backmarker traffic was an issue and sometimes it went against us and sometimes, like with Felipe - thank you very much, I'll have to buy him a beer - it was in favour of us. But this is how it

Apr 29 2017

It was not a fantastic day today. Our record of many pole positions in a row ended because we couldn't put it together. Now we need to learn out lesson and stick our heads together and make it

Apr 25 2017

Of course, you need to keep both feet on the ground. Second and third place is definitely not a disaster. But if you have a car and two drivers capable of winning races and it hasn't materialised, then it feels painful -- and this is how it should feel. We know what weaknesses we need to tackle and where we need to be even more diligent for the coming races in order to win. You have to confront each issue, analyse it properly and come up with a plan for how to avoid repeating those mistakes in the future. This is an exercise which we have done a number of times over the last few

Apr 25 2017 - Bahrain

You need to be able to draw a line under a tough weekend [like Bahrain]. It's very painful to lose a race like that. There were too many marginal losses that we encountered and these cost us the victory. But they are down to us to fix. You need to be careful not to spend too much time thinking about these setbacks, but rather work on solutions for the future. That's

Apr 25 2017 - Russia

It's a totally different kind of track this weekend in Sochi and, in this season with these new regulations, you can't take anything for granted. The trophies of previous years don't guarantee that we'll be winning in Russia when you have a very fierce competitor like we do in Ferrari. We'll take it one step at a time, start the weekend well and hopefully have a good result on

Apr 17 2017

We'd like to give equal opportunity at the start of the race, I think we owe it to them. Then you see what we did in the race, we made the call, we made the call twice, because we felt it was the only possibility of winning the

Apr 17 2017

No, that would be too harsh. It would be the opposite of what we have done through the years. It's important as we start the race, to give them equal opportunity. We would have probably taken a different decision if Valtteri had run in the front with the problem on the tyres and Lewis would have been second. But with Vettel in between, there is nothing we could have done. That's why it was the perfect

Apr 16 2017 - United Arab Emirates

I think the Nico and Lewis situation was very special because they go back a long time, it was a lot of baggage, some of it we know, some of it we will never know, and it got quite intense and controversial at times. I don't feel that same stress in the relationship between the two of them. We did it like we do it every year, we sat down and copy and pasted [the previous document] and added things and changed things -- like where we could have some a better job, like in Abu Dhabi [last year].feedback

Apr 16 2017

We went through the document with them at the beginning of the season so it is pretty much the same. We have changed the name of the document, it is not the 'Rules of Engagement' anymore, it is now the 'Racing Intent', it sounds more

Apr 16 2017 - Bahrain

Losing make you feel much worse, wining makes you feel great. At this moment it feels really wrong but bouncing back and winning feels even better. For Formula One it is good there is a fight between Ferrari and Mercedes, we have to see it as sportsmen. We have a fight that is on and that is how is how it is even though it feels shit right

Apr 12 2017 - China

China was a great way to hit back in the battle with Ferrari. We are very close on pace and I expect a bit of a ping-pong battle through the season, depending on the track. That's exciting for everyone. What we have in 2017 is the perfect situation for the fans and also for us as a team. We are all racers and we are all properly excited for this fight. Two races into the season and now it is 1:1 between Mercedes and Ferrari. And after racing on a very different circuit, in very different conditions, it's clear that we are very closely matched -- and that small margins will make the

Apr 12 2017

Our one point lead in the constructors' championship is anything but a comfortable margin. We need to - and we will - keep working with everything we have got to develop our car, correct our errors and continue improving. Our mindset is that of the underdog -- not the champion. And the fight has just

Apr 10 2017

Lewis on his day is just in a different league. You could see that today, without any mistakes. I've said it before, on a difficult day in difficult conditions there is nobody else I would like to have in the car. At the end we are all racers and we like to battle it out. The last three years were an exception, it hasn't happened in Formula One before. Now this is the new era and we just have to get used to it. It looks like we are very close on pace and I expect it to be a little bit of a ping pong going through the season. It's going to be one or the other and that is

Apr 10 2017

You could see during the race he had the pace. He was doing Lewis' lap time at various stages during the race but once you are losing so many positions and you are not in the leading pack anymore you have to recover mentally and that is very difficult. He certainly has the character to recover from such a

Apr 10 2017

Of course he threw it away behind the Safety Car, but it happens to the best. It was very slippery out there and he lost it and the race was gone. He just needs to recover from that now. It's just the second race into the season, there's 18 more left. Analyse it and forget

Apr 08 2017

You must give credit to Valtteri also because it's the second race Valtteri is doing in the team. There was no running on Friday and here he's less than two-tenths off Lewis. So I'm very happy also about his development

Apr 08 2017

Lewis Hamilton. We have seen in the last years that we were able to ramp up our game over the sessions, and that Q3 looked much better than the other sessions. I think the same happened here, it's learning about the car's behaviour and driving it and giving it everything in the final go. I'm not saying the the others are not doing it. Today clearly he made the difference ... Similar to

Apr 07 2017 - Malaysia

It's been a very successful race over 18 years but they have decided to call it a day and we have to respect that decision. I hope we can mark 2017 with a special result in Sepang -- it will be the last grand prix on a really challenging circuit and it would mean a lot to win there for all our fans in Malaysia. Although we will miss the event from the calendar, our long and successful partnership with Petronas means Malaysia will continue to have a world-class presence in F1 in the years

Apr 05 2017 - China

Lewis is the best Lewis that I've seen in the last four years, both on and off the track. He has become a pillar of this team and he proved that in Melbourne. Australia was a weekend full of lessons, now we go to China ready and excited for another

Apr 03 2017

I've been encouraged by how both of our drivers are approaching this season so far. Lewis is the best Lewis that I've seen in the last four years, both on and off track. He has become a pillar of this team and he proved that in Melbourne. Valtteri [Bottas] has settled in well and performed at a high level, rising above all the pressure and seamlessly taking over from

Apr 03 2017

Australia was the first weekend for the new technical regulations, with a new car, new tyres and a new driver. We collected lots more information that will be flowing into all future thinking and will help us make better

Apr 03 2017

We achieved a double podium in the first race of a brand new set of regulations - a strong result by any standard. But that doesn't mean we can be satisfied because there are still many areas where we can be better. We have been focused on these during the past week. It's not a case of looking at the competition for inspiration but of getting our own homework done to maximise our

Apr 03 2017

As a group and as individuals, we are all on a personal development slope in this team. We try to improve every single day. On that particular day in Melbourne, Ferrari were better, so we now have to work out how we can improve again to beat them. The last three years were an outlier in Formula One and you need to be careful to manage your own expectations. If you think you are going to cruise to victory in the future, based on a track record of success, you'll be proven wrong very quickly. You need to put the finger in the wound, identify your weaknesses and then

Mar 30 2017

All manufacturers are invited to join that meeting called by Jean Todt. It is more than just manufacturers who are involved in F1. It is a meeting that was called with the aim of seeking the manufacturers view on racing engines going forward. We [at Mercedes] have an opinion. I wouldn't want to lay it out at that stage. We need to learn the lessons of what we have done right with the current set of regulations and what we have done wrong. And come up with a product that is

Mar 28 2017

It's personality-building. I think you just lose some and you win some. We have been very fortunate in the last three years that we won most of the races. And now it's about accepting that here Ferrari beat

Mar 28 2017

We will come back stronger. We didn't have great testing and we didn't have a great Sunday [in Australia], but we will leave no stone unturned in order to win

Mar 27 2017

I believe that these tyres have a very narrow window and you have to keep them in that window in order to perform well. If you are below the window, you lose performance. So that is different to the last years and needs a new calibration for all of us in understanding the

Mar 26 2017

Ferrari was the quicker car, the way Sebastian held onto Lewis' gearbox, we were pushing flat out and we were just not able to pull away. There was the risk of the undercut and we thought the tyres wouldn't last anymore and all that led us to the decision to pit to avoid the undercut. And then coming out behind Max who was doing his own race just lost us the race. After the race it is always easier when you rewind and say what we could have done better. But I think as a general summary we just weren't quick enough. That is why Sebastian is the deserved

Mar 26 2017

If you look back and say what we could have done better, we could have done better for sure. Would it have been enough to win? I don't know... Sebastian could have attempted the undercut at any stage and it could have come out the same way. We need to understand why we didn't have the pace at the beginning of the race in these conditions and improve from

Mar 26 2017

It is personality building. You lose some and you win some. We have been very fortunate in the last three years that we have won most of them. Now it is about accepting that Ferrari beat us. I would much rather win than lose, but it is part of Formula One and we have had an exceptional run in the last three years. We always said this was an outlier and we cannot expect this to continue forever. We did not have a great testing and we did not have a great Sunday, but we will leave no stone unturned in order to win. We will come out

Mar 26 2017

Even if we won all those races and it looked like it was easy or it was clear it wasn't. We were always sceptical whether it was good enough and we always tried to look at the negatives in everything we did and look at the worst-case scenario and that is why we always considered Red Bull or Ferrari to be real competitors. Fighting against Ferrari is something that is exciting. It is something that is exciting for the fans and a new challenge for us. I need to work on my emotions during the

Mar 25 2017

We knew in Barcelona [Ferrari] were extremely strong but we also knew areas where we needed to improve. I think it is important to get your own house in order and then if you consider yourself where you need to be then you can assess the competitive

Mar 25 2017

He is happy, he is motivated and for me I have seen the strongest Lewis on track so far this weekend. There was a point towards the end of [2016] where we sat down and it felt like a reset of the relationship. So many things came out which needed to be discussed and since then I have perceived him as being in a really good place. I think [to be on pole position] is a really good achievement. Keeping ourselves competitive and the team to beat was not a given. I think considering that fact for the start of the season we have been doing well. That was a factor of motivation for

Mar 25 2017

You can see it is very close between Ferrari and ourselves, it is going to be a hell of a ride over the next 20

Mar 24 2017

He's in a league of his own at the

Mar 21 2017

Of course. Lewis is one of the best drivers out there and it's never going to be easy, but that's something I am going to work at. You never want to be behind your team-mate at the end of the year, that's definitely always going to be my goal. This year it is going to be more tricky than before but that's also a motivator for me because I feel I have a lot to

Mar 20 2017

The target with these new regulations was to make this generation of F1 cars the quickest in the history of the sport. And looking at the results from testing, we're well on the way to achieving that. It's something that's never been done before and that's a radical change. We've even made them look more

Mar 20 2017

Lewis and Valtteri are in a great place. They have a respectful and friendly relationship from what we've seen in our team briefings so far. It's an exciting time for them because these new cars are a real physical challenge. Both felt from testing that the G-Forces are enormous and they are embracing the new challenge of F1

Mar 20 2017

Having spoken to the drivers, these machines are violent -- just like Formula One cars should be. I have been out on track watching them and, next to the previous generation of cars, these are properly spectacular cars. From a fan perspective - and a part of me will always be a fan - it really is something special. Any true motorsport lover simply has to see them in the

Feb 03 2017

Liberty Media will certainly have to tackle the topic of ticket

Jan 26 2017

The Ecclestone era ending is a pretty big thing. We need to embrace the future and we shouldn't be too nostalgic about the past. This sport has a huge opportunity for growing bigger and bigger and we could all benefit from this. We need to push in that

Jan 10 2017

Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an

Jan 10 2017

Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes' motorsport history. Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organization. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and

Dec 08 2016

But he's with Williams now, the lead driver, and is very important for the combination with (newly-signed Canadian rookie) Lance Stroll. Claire (Williams) and her team very much rely on

Dec 02 2016

He has chosen to leave at the pinnacle of his career, as world champion, having achieved his childhood dream. The clarity of his judgment meant I accepted his decision straight away when he told

Oct 30 2016

Ross has huge experience, has the right personality, the technical knowledge of potentially playing an important part in Formula One going

Oct 11 2016

It's very difficult to fly back from a race that has been very difficult for you and where your team mate has scored a lot of points. But...he's a three times world champion, he's able to recover from that difficult

Oct 11 2016

We have always kept them racing, actually we have had no team orders and that is exactly the same way we want to continue - and hopefully not let them down with mechanical

Sep 06 2016

There are things we can learn from the American way, particularly in the digital

May 15 2016

After all the hard work we've put in over the past two weeks it's deeply disappointing to come away with no points, but in my opinion this was a racing incident, with the drivers racing for position. Both Lewis and Nico are

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