It’s been the perfect start to a condensed 2020 season for Mercedes as they’ve taken pole and victory at all three events.
Whilst a seventh straight Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship looks set to be heading their way, Toto Wolff says his team won’t take anything for granted.
“If we would take the 2020 season for granted, as a walk in the park, and it’s basically just about picking up the trophy in Paris in December, we wouldn’t have won these championships,” said Wolff.
“There is not one fibre in us that thinks that this championship is done. It’s something that can really catch you out.’’
“On the other side, dominance from a single team, whether it is us, whether it is Red Bull in the 2010 years, or whether it was Ferrari in the early 2000s is something that is always a bit odd for the championship.’’
The Austrian added that it’s up to the other teams to catch up and end Mercedes’ extraordinary monopoly of the sport since 2014. Both Ferrari and Red Bull are struggling this year, with Ferrari’s massive regression over the winter break turning out to be the biggest shock after the first three races 2020.
“But it is not up to the team that has made steps to be seen as responsible for the predictability of the championship.”
“We are very keen in racing against our fantastic competitors, we like to be out there fighting against Ferrari and Red Bull, we like the challenger brands like Racing Point to be part of the game, and on the other side McLaren and Renault need to find a way back to the front.’’
“I would wish for nothing more than a strong competition with an unknown outcome every Friday we start FP1, but it’s very difficult in our position to really change the pecking order at that stage.’’
“We have one key objective, and it is about finishing every weekend to the best of our abilities, hopefully score many points, and challenge for a championship. There is nothing else we can do.”
Despite championship leader Lewis Hamilton already holding a 30-point lead to the first non-Mercedes of Max Verstappen, Wolff is wary of the Dutchman and Red Bull.
“You can see that Red Bull was struggling all through the weekend, and then they had a pretty decent race car, a car that didn’t look like it could start and the mechanics did a really awesome job in the car there.’’
“The gaps are nothing. If you look at the drivers’ points standings, it’s 30 points after three races that we have with Lewis to Max, so you have one DNF, and the gap is gone. You just need to keep going.”