Mercedes Team Principal, Toto Wolff has revealed that he believes “that anything is possible” ahead of the 2021 Mexico Grand Prix.
Mercedes enter this race weekend with a 23 point lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ championship but Lewis Hamilton is currently 12 points adrift of Max Verstappen in the drivers’ title race after dropping six points in a thrilling US Grand Prix last time out.
Reflecting on that narrow defeat in America, Wolff admitted that Verstappen’s stern defence to snatch victory by 1.333 seconds serves as “more proof of just how intense this championship battle is,” heading into the final five races of the season.
Acknowledging how this title fight has impacted both teams, Wolff added: “It’s challenging, it’s pushing both teams to higher levels and the positive pressure we’re putting on ourselves is making this a hugely enjoyable fight. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”
F1 however now enters a crucial triple-header starting with Mexico which Wolff is “excited” to return to after the race was cancelled last season due to the Coronavirus pandemic, especially as Mercedes and Hamilton return as the reigning winners of the Mexican GP from 2019.
Wolff though knows that Red Bull are strong around Mexico with two wins and three overall podiums in five visits to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, whereas Mercedes hasn’t gone traditionally well around the high altitude circuit.
2021 though hasn’t seen results at various circuits conform to expectations based on previous form so Wolff is wary of what to expect, as he commented: “But this year has shown that anything is possible and circuits where you were previously weak, you are suddenly strong, and vice versa.
“So, it adds a layer of unknown in the build-up, which only increases the excitement.”
On how Mercedes intend to approach this weekend, Wolff said: “We’ll keep taking things race by race and preparing the best we can, and we’ll land in Mexico ready to hit the ground running on Friday, get a good understanding of the car’s performance and build from there.”