Wollf wants ‘nothing more’ than strong rivals

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The FIA have flagged up Mercedes and Red Bull for illegal front wing designs.

The FIA have flagged up Mercedes and Red Bull for illegal front wing designs.

Toto Wolff says he and Mercedes would love to face stronger competition from the other teams on the grid this season.

The German team has looked further ahead of the field than ever so far this season. They’ve taken pole position and won at every race, and no teams have come close to beating them.

Their dominance is largely down to the struggles of their usual competition at the top, Red Bull and Ferrari. While it is benefitting them in terms of results, the team principal says he’d be happy to see the gap closed again.

“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,” he told Autosport.com.

“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.”

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The reigning champions already have more than double the points of Red Bull, the closest team to them in the Constructors’ Championship.

With Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas also cruising at the top of the Driver’s Standings, many feel that Mercedes already have both titles wrapped up.

Wolff doesn’t see it that way, citing Red Bull’s strong Sunday performance in Hungary as evidence that they’re not that far ahead.

“You can see that Red Bull was struggling all through the weekend [in Hungary], 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 Austrian added.

“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 [Verstappen], so you have one DNF, and the gap is gone. You just need to keep going.”

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