Toto Wolff says Mercedes working ‘flat out’ over break to return to F1 summit

Sam Cooper
Toto Wolff smiling.

Toto Wolff smiles as he makes his way through the F1 paddock.

Toto Wolff has assured Mercedes fans that the team is working “flat out” to recover performance during this four-week break.

Formula 1 finds itself in an unexpected quiet moment currently as the Chinese Grand Prix, which would have run this weekend, was cancelled for COVID-related reasons.

This left a four-week gap in the otherwise packed schedule with drivers and teams having some time off before the start of the European run of races in Baku.

But even if there is no racing, that does not mean teams have got their feet up and one constructor hoping to use this break to their advantage is Mercedes.

While their performance last time out in Melbourne was encouraging with Lewis Hamilton securing P2, their results in the first two races were a cause for concern.

Keeping the faith with their unique concept, Mercedes’ lack of speed in the Middle Eastern races prompted the team to return to the drawing board and work on a heavily updated W14, set to be rolled out for the race at Imola.

Wolff though has thanked fans for their support and reassured them that work was going on at both the Brackley and the Brixworth bases in order to return the Silver Arrows to the top step that they occupied for so long. recommends

Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris in ‘similar’ and ‘frustrating’ positions at Ferrari and McLaren

‘This is not what Red Bull signed Sergio Perez for as Max Verstappen’s team-mate’

Red Bull’s main rivals: The big deficits, the glaring weaknesses and the solutions

“I just wanted to tell you that we are really grateful for how you have supported us this season so far,” the Austrian said.

“It’s not been easy but if it was it wouldn’t be as exciting and it wouldn’t be Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor racing.

“Everyone here at the factories has been super busy and flat out over the last few weeks preparing to return to the track.

“We are excited for that and to have all of you cheering us as we race for our next podium, win or championship. So thank you and see you soon.”