As the Formula 1 season hurtles towards its thrilling conclusion in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is setting his sights on a podium resurgence for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Following a string of setbacks in Brazil and misfortunes in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, Mercedes finds itself in a tight battle with Ferrari for second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Wolff, while expressing disappointment over the missed opportunities in Las Vegas, remains optimistic about Mercedes’ pace for the season-ending race in Abu Dhabi. The team’s advantage over Ferrari has dwindled to a mere four points, setting the stage for a gripping showdown in the desert.
Reflecting on the challenges faced in Las Vegas, Wolff shared his frustration, saying, “Sad to say yet another time that we had pace but just no result.” Despite the setback, he believes that Mercedes has the potential for a strong podium finish in Abu Dhabi.
Looking ahead to the decisive race, Wolff emphasized the significance of a fair competition, taking a subtle jab at past controversies, stating, “We are going there pretty much on equal points – with a proper race director, so that should be fine – and let’s race.”
With Ferrari hot on their heels, Wolff acknowledges the competition’s prowess but remains determined to secure a positive finish to the season. “P2, P3 for me, that doesn’t make it better,” he added, highlighting the team’s quest for redemption and a podium presence in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.