Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff has vowed to implement an ‘aggressive’ approach towards the final seven races of the 2021 F1 season.
This decision comes after Lewis Hamilton’s 100th F1 victory in Sochi, Russia, which put the Brit top of the drivers’ standings ahead of Max Verstappen by just two points whilst Mercedes leads Red Bull by 33 points in the Constructors’ standings.
Reflecting on the “brilliant buzz” around the team after an “exceptional” milestone victory following a difficult Russian Qualifying, Wolff described the climax as a warning “that anything can happen in F1 and fortunes can change in the blink of an eye.”
Wolff though feels that the full impact of Hamilton’s 100th race win in F1 won’t be felt for a while across the entire team, as he said: “In the moment, milestones like this are exceptional, but I think it will take time for us to all realise just how remarkable this period of time is, and how privileged we all are to be part of this journey with him.”
Wolff however is relishing the fact that this title fight means a ruthless approach, as he said: “This season is keeping all of us on our toes and that’s something we’re enjoying immensely, but it also means we have to be aggressive with our approach to the season, in order to maximise the points available.”
Looking ahead to Turkey this weekend, Wolff iterated that the team will be aggressive this weekend and likewise at the remaining races despite the reality that “there are still many unknowns for us because of the track surface and weather conditions in 2020.”
In terms of power unit penalties, Hamilton is yet to exceed his limit of three power units but Wolff earlier this week refused to rule out the “possibility” of a power unit change at a track where Hamilton has previous form for carving his way through the field to finish in the top two.
Wolff though is wary that it is important to avoid reliability issues causing a race retirement given how fierce the title fight is at present.
Explaining how he is handling the swings between Hamilton and Verstappen in the title fight, Wolff said: “You can cope with swings, whether you finish second, third, I think that is okay… the championship is going to go long. But if you don’t finish…
“So we are looking at the parameters of the engines, making sure we don’t suffer from any reliability problems.”