Wolff wants Mercedes to up their game in closing races

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton dicuss matters
Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton dicuss matters

Mercedes AMG Petronas may have the F1 Constructors’ Championship in the bag but team boss Toto Wolff wants to finish the year with both drivers occupying the top two places.

Lewis Hamilton can wrap up the driver’s title in this weekend’s USA Grand Prix but Brackley team-mate Nico Rosberg has some work to do make sure he finishes behind the Briton.

Two retirements from the last three races is not up to our standards

Toto Wolff

And Wolff knows the team must up their game to make that happen with Ferarri’s Sebastia Vettel sandwiched between the two Mercedes drivers.

Rosberg is seven points behind his fellow German driver after a poor run of late.

Wolff said: “We now have four races left to make sure our 2015 objectives are complete, with the drivers’ title still on the line.

“Lewis is now within touching distance but I know that his focus is only on winning the next race.

“For Nico, bad luck has played a big part this year and it would be a huge mountain to climb. But he is a fighter and we have seen many times that he will keep pushing until the very end.

“Of course, there is still a third party in the mix and we, as a team, must make absolutely sure that our drivers have everything they need to make sure we come out on top.

“Two retirements from the last three races is not up to our standards and we must ensure that every little detail is covered to give them that opportunity.”

Rosberg said: “Being back at the factories and seeing everyone so happy was just the boost I needed after a tough time in Russia.

“The whole team deserves this moment and what we’ve achieved together is really amazing. Hopefully this is just the start.

“With four races left and a big gap to Lewis, it’s clear that the title is a long shot for me now. But it’s not in me to give up or back down, so I’ll be pushing flat out to the end and hopefully having some fun out there in the final few rounds this year.

“I really want to enjoy the next races, as our car gives me the chance to end the year with a few more wins. Austin is definitely somewhere that you can have fun too, so I’m looking forward to going back there.

“It’s a great track to drive, I got pole there last year, and I’m coming off the back of a really strong weekend in Russia in terms of my performance, so if I can repeat all of that then I’ll be in a good position.”