Wolff reckons title battle will go down to the wire

Date published: July 26 2016 - Editor

According to Mercedes mastermind Toto Wolff, the Drivers’ Championship battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will carry on right until the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

After winning the recently concluded Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton is now six points clear of his teammate, leading the Championship table for the first time in 2016.

The Brit suffered an incident plagued start to the season, where he fell 43 points behind Rosberg on the table, but a first win of the season in Monaco after the two collided at the Spanish Grand Prix turned things around for him.

“I don’t think that one can see a pattern in there,” Wolff said.

“We’ve been with each other four years now and it’s important that they concentrate on their strengths, and you will see a couple of races go towards one, and then towards the other.

“We had the same discussion when Nico was doing really well at the end of the season. Can he maintain that momentum into next year? He did, was outperforming Lewis quite a lot at the beginning, and everyone was saying is this the new Nico?

“But then it turned around, and there is no single event I could attribute to a change of performance.”

When quizzed by reporters on whether the German will lose momentum now that the triple World Champion is back to his winning ways, Wolff answered: “No, because at the beginning of the season he won so many points against Lewis you can see it swings both directions.”

“We’ll see that swing through the season, and my feeling is that the championship will go to the end.”