Wolff: We’re not the favourites for Singapore

Date published: September 12 2016

Toto Wolff has refused to label Mercedes the favaourites to win the Singapore Grand Prix, despite their overwhelming dominance throughout the season.

During last year’s edition of the Singapore Grand Prix, the race was contested between Red Bull and Ferrari, with Mercedes not even contention.

Wolff claimed that Mercedes are positive the issue they suffered last year won’t happen again, but the Austrian is expecting a tough weekend.

“After a strong showing in Italy, we go to Singapore with a big challenge ahead of us,” said the 44-year-old.

“No team has ever scored a 1-2 finish there – and with good reason. As we have seen before, it’s a race where a single problem can cascade into many more as the weekend progresses.

“We have to optimise everything to get a solid result.

“We didn’t manage it last year and, although we believe we now understand why, only performance on the racetrack can prove our conclusions right. We are curious and excited to see how it goes.

“Ferrari were mighty around this circuit last year and it will suit the high downforce design philosophy followed by Red Bull, so we must not make the mistake of thinking we are favourites this weekend.”