Wolff expects Mercedes to make their home run

Toto Wolff expects a big performance from Mercedes AMG Petronas at Silverstone
Toto Wolff expects a big performance from Mercedes AMG Petronas at Silverstone

Toto Wolff expects Mercedes AMG Petronas to produce another top performance in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

The head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport knows it is a big weekend for the Brackley team, on and off the track, as they look to maintain their grip on the FIA Drivers’ Championship and FIA Constructors’ Championship.

Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers’ championship with team-mate Nico Rosberg close on his heels.

Wolff said: “The race at Silverstone, with high demands on power and aero, should suit our car well. Hopefully this is the case and we can produce a top result at the home Grand Prix for Brackley and Brixworth.

“We are operating at a very high level right now and the aim is to replicate this at every race. We must stay on our toes, as the margins for success will only become smaller and any small slip will be jumped on by our opponents.”

Hamilton said: “I don’t feel like I ever really reached my peak in Austria. It wasn’t the smoothest of weekends for me, so to come away with second wasn’t a disaster in the circumstances.

“The guys at the factories deserve to see a big home result and I want to see Silverstone absolutely rocking at the chequered flag.”

Rosberg added: “With the extra day in the car on Wednesday also, helping the team prepare for Silverstone, I feel ready to go full attack at a circuit I really enjoy.”

Lotus F1 team drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are also looking forward to big performances at Silverstone.

Grosjean said: “I scored points there in my F1 debut but then for the last couple of years my British Grand Prix hasn’t been so good in terms of results. That means I must be due a good result and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure a good finish in the points.

“Every time we go out with the E23 we learn a little bit more with it, and the car is a pleasure to drive so I will start the Silverstone weekend in a very positive mood.”

Maldonado added: “I’ve spent so much time in England that it’s like a second home to me, it’s a great event coming mid-season and it always provides an interesting race. I’m looking forward to racing just down the road from the factory.”