Wolff targets perfect Italian GP

Tuesday 02-September-2014 13:00

Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff wants his team to respond to the controversy of the Belgian GP by producing a flawless performance at Monza this weekend.

"After a tough weekend in Belgium, our attention is now fully focused on the next race at Monza. We have a quick car but we have not delivered our full potential in recent races and that must be our target this weekend," Wolff told ahead of this weekend's Italian GP.

"It's no less than the people at Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart deserve, with everyone working flat out to ensure we finish the job this season.

"Of course, Spa was a reminder to us as a team that our competition are never far away and we must continue to tackle every weekend as if it could be the defining moment of our season.

"Monza is a fantastic venue - a legendary circuit with incredible fans and a truly great standing in motorsport history. When the Silver Arrows first took on the Italian Grand Prix back in the 1950s it could not have been a better story, with victories in both races. We approach this weekend with a repeat of that achievement firmly in our sights."

Mercedes had a weekend to forget at Monza last year, where Nico Rosberg battled to a ninth place finish and Lewis Hamilton finished in 12th after picking up a puncture on the first lap that ruined his one-stop strategy.

With that in mind, Mercedes technical guru Paddy Lowe is also eager for the team to perform well at Monza this time around.

"Despite the end result, it was encouraging to see the potential of our car in Belgium - both in wet and dry conditions as we saw during qualifying and the race respectively. Spa, of course, brings with it quite unique aerodynamic requirements - also a factor at Monza, which sees the lowest drag configuration of the year. We therefore approach this weekend very much in the hope of showing similar pace to that seen in Spa," Lowe said.

"Monza is a venue that has produced mixed results for both of our drivers in the past, with last year's race proving to be a tough test for the team as a whole.

"We fully intend to rectify that this time around."

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