It’s the home stretch of the 2021 F1 season, the last two races in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and then Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.
And, incredibly, everything is still to play in the championship drivers as constructors between Mercedes F1 and Red Bull Racing.
The German team is therefore logically under pressure to do well, starting with Jeddah, an urban layout which promises to be ultra fast and cut out for the W12. The team manager appreciates the challenge ahead.
“Two races to go, and two championships to be decided,” Toto Wolff says today.
“We’re all thrilled to be still in battle at this point in the season, it’s a privilege and a testament to our resilience as we see where we were at the start of the summer. Both titles are wide open. and our mission is clear. “
“Last time around we saw a flawless drive from Lewis in Qatar, leading the race from start to finish, and a solid relaunch from Valtteri before an unfortunate puncture knocked him out of the points race.”
“The car has been performing well recently and is probably in its best shape of the season with the drivers confident to push it to the limit. It’s encouraging for the final races and gives us a good boost to move on. the front. “
Wolff knows however, the truth of yesterday will not be that of tomorrow, especially since one of the two circuits is completely unknown to the teams, that of Jeddah.
“Jeddah is a completely new challenge, a whole new track to master and a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to make sure we are in the game from the start on Friday. Get as much information as possible during these early sessions will be vital. “
“It’s a fast street circuit with long stretches at bottom and several high speed corners, lined with walls, which means that it will be a compromise to be found between great risk taking and reward on the clock. We are more motivated than ever and we expect to be in the game so we are all looking forward to the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. “
Wolff concludes with a touching note concerning one of his first partners in F1, who has now passed away.
“Just a few days ago we lost Sir Frank Williams. He will be on our minds this weekend and we will do our best to deliver a performance that lives up to his racing spirit.”