Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2023
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Mercedes boss Wolff’s Ferrari comment says it all before Abu Dhabi GP | F1 | Sport

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has insisted that he does not place much emphasis on the Silver Arrows’ competition with Ferrari for second place in the Constructors’ Championship. Red Bull sewed up the top spot several races ago, but the battle for silver is set to go down to the final weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mercedes lead Ferrari by just four points and all is still to play for in the United Arab Emirates. However, after leading his team to five consecutive double world championships – the only principal in history to do so – Wolff has played down the race for second and instead wants to be fighting for titles again.

“I think we’re going there on pretty much equal points [with Ferrari]… then let’s race,” said Wolff. “It’s all down to the last weekend. They are very quick, they’ve done a good job. I think we could have been on par today but the result shows something different, so let’s race.

“To be honest, it’s good to have P2 as a positive to finish the season, but P2, P3 for me, there is little… it doesn’t make me particularly cheery anyway. How do you say – it doesn’t make [this year] better for me.”

“Would have, should have, could have,” Wolff added. “We looked at the pace in free air and we had the pace of the leaders. When Lewis had no traffic that was pretty much where [Charles] Leclerc was racing in terms of lap times.

“It summarises the season. You make your own luck, but we had more bad luck and today. Seventh, eighth – the two cars could have been on the podium, but they weren’t.”

Work behind the scenes will be ongoing at Mercedes on next year’s car as they hope to go toe-to-toe with Red Bull once again and Wolff’s intentions have been made perfectly clear – he wants to challenge at the very top of the grid and compete for more titles.

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