Wolff: We’re maxed out on performance

Date published: November 8 2016

With regards to development in 2016, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons they have done all they can this year and now all the Silver Arrows have to do is concentrate on the minor details.

Since the regulation changes implemented in 2014, Mercedes have out-classed all of their opponents and have claimed the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship ever since.

With more regulation tweaks set for next year, Wolff is ready for the next step in development.

“We’re maxed out on performance, as is normal at the end of a regulation cycle, and when that happens everything becomes more marginal,” he explained.

“This is where we find ourselves right now, so we must remain focused on every last detail.”

While Nico Rosberg set to claim his first ever World Title, the Austrian revealed that his future is in his hands with two races remaining.

“For Nico, all this talk of just needing to finish second in order to make it to the end is over,” he added.

“He has it in his hands. If he wins the race in Brazil, he is champion.

“We’ve seen many races, particularly in the second half of this season, where he has coped well under pressure.

“But, mentally, I think this new situation is actually a bit easier in terms of tackling the situation with a little less pressure, as he still has another chance in Abu Dhabi.”

However, Wolff has warned that Lewis Hamilton will challenge his team-mate right until the last race in Abu Dhabi.

“Equally, Lewis knows what he must do to keep his title hopes alive. He will never back down and that’s what makes him one of the great ones,” said the Mercedes boss.

“He has three championships and 51 victories under his belt – and no matter the outcome this year, we all know there will be more to come.

“It’s a really interesting dynamic and great for the fans. As a team, we will do all in our power to provide both with the opportunities they need.”

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