China

Last Race: 20th Apr China

China GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Fernando Alonso

Merc 'definitely overachieved'

Saturday 28th December 2013

 RSS

Share:

Merc 'definitely overachieved'

Merc 'definitely overachieved'

Toto Wolff is exceptionally proud of Mercedes' achievements in 2013 as the team exceeded their own expectations.

Claiming three race victories and an additional six podiums, Mercedes scored 360 points this past season to beat Ferrari to second by six.

And although they were a distant second to Red Bull Racing, Merc executive director Wolff admits P2 was more than his team had hoped for.

"I think being in second position in the Championship, we definitely overachieved in terms of what our target was," he told Autosport.

"We could not expect that kind of glide path from fifth to second - and throughout the season being solidly second was not to be expected."

The success, though, has been a long time coming with Wolff saying that years of putting the right pieces together in the puzzle had finally paid off.

"It is the result of many things.

"It is the result of having the right group of people working together; working with each other; having the right resources in Stuttgart. As a team this feels complete."

Having fought at the front of the pack the pressure is now firmly on Mercedes' shoulders to put in a repeat performance in 2014 - or go one better.

"We have set the expectations higher now by being second in the Championship.

"It is about what is coming next and we have to keep the momentum - that is important."

Gallery: Race Day In China

Editor's Picks

The 2014 Results Centre

The 2014 Results Centre

It is advantage Mercedes in the 2014 title races with three pole positions, three wins and a massive lead in the standings...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

Sign up for the PF1 Fantasy League and win big with £20,000 to be won in cash and GP holidays...

The PF1 Forum In The Mix

The PF1 Forum In The Mix

After putting another driver into a dangerous roll there are calls to ban Pastor Maldonado. Right or wrong? Let's chat...

From F1 Exhaust To Lamp

From F1 Exhaust To Lamp

Taken from a nostalgic past, Memento Exclusives have transformed Honda exhausts into space-age table lamps...