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German GP | Teams' press conference report

Ahead of the 2019 Hockenheim race, team principals have some words about future line-ups, possible dropping of the German GP and 2021 regulations.

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German GP | Teams' press conference report
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Celebrating the 200th Formula 1 GP for Mercedes, Toto Wolff makes clear that the team's focus in pointing ahead and not to the past: "Statistics are not that interesting to me, even if Mercedes managed to build very strong ones. Still they belong to the past. What we have to do is to represent the great brand we have behind. It's huge pressure, but I think we're doing a good job."
Also the venue is not the a point for Wolff: "We'd love to win the race here on Sunday, since it's our homerace, but at the same time the points awarded are still 25, same as every other circuit, and own target is the world championship, not a single particular win."

Asked about the 2020 drivers line-up, Mercedes' team principal admits to not have a clear idea yet: "Bottas is improving race after race. He's very dedicated and professional, his contributes to the team keep improving alongside his skills. Still it would be interesting to put a young driver beside Lewis Hamilton. We have Esteban Ocon and George Russell aiming for that seat. They are both great drivers, but I think that for George would be still too early. After Budapest anyway I will carefully try to make a more defined decision. I have a dream line-up in my mind but I just can't tell you."


Gunther Steiner had a last word on the 'civil' clash that happened in Silverstone two weeks ago: "I've talked to both the drivers also yesterday. The collision between Kevin [Magnussen] and Romain [Grosjean] deprived us from collecting important datas. Grosjean was driving a Melbourne spec car to see where our development process failed, but since his race didn't last long, he will have this duty again here in Hockenheim. Now I just want to move on from Silverstone. The next two races will be crucial for us to finally understand the car and so to try to improve our second half of the season."


Toro Rosso's Franz Tost came to Germany on a very positive mood: there's still a lot to improve in the car, but the performances have been so far satisfying. Tost also wanted to have a special word on the drivers: "I'm really happy with our current line-up. Daniil, as we already knew before, is a great driver and is having a positive season. Albon has been one of biggest surprises of the 2019 season: I'm sure he will have an excellent second half of the championship."


Otmar Szafnauer, Racing Point's team principal, underlines the importance of Lawrence Stroll joining the team almost one year ago: "Financially speaking, Mister Stroll has helped us after a tough period. It's also thanks to him if we managed to bring such a big upgrade here in Hockenheim and the team's personnel is growing in number as well."


Finally, Pirelli's Mario Isola sets the path to follow for the new tyres: "We know teams and drivers don't like tyres overheating. That's why we are working alongside the FIA to try to satisfy everyone. The tests for the 2020 compounds are undergo and we are happy with the datas collected and this autumn we will start to test the 2021 ones as well."


All of the team principals agreed on the future of the German GP: even if it's likely for Hockenheim and Nurburgring to be dropped from the calendar, such an historical venue is important for the fans, for the sport but also for the financial incomes. It would be therefore a shame to lose the German GP.

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