Mercedes F1 manager Toto Wolff hoped for more points for his team in Russia. But with the penalty that Valtteri Bottas had to take following the damage to his Monza engine, the situation was complicated, and the team fared rather well.
“In a way, we are not maximizing the points scored, and it is the same in Russia” Wolff said. “I think qualifying was decisive. We knew Valtteri’s comeback would be tough, and we ended up with a first and fifth place, which is great. And it’s Lewis’s 100th win.”
The Austrian was impressed by Max Verstappen’s performance in Sochi during the race, and is wary of Red Bull. But according to him, the season will be mainly played on obtaining points when they arise: “But Max came back up and was in spectacular form, and that’s not good for the championship.”
“So in short, we have to continue to be really aggressive in our approach to this season, not to be defensive, but just to move forward, in order to score those big points. Because neither us nor the others are only really good at maximizing points right now. “
Mercedes F1 lost this year in France and almost lost in Russia, circuits historically favorable to the world champion team. Wolff assures that it is impossible this year to be based on these results.
“I stopped trying to anticipate if it’s historically a good race for us, because with the new regulations everything changes. Definitely we knew Monza and Sochi would be more for us.”
“And the reality is we’re there, at the point spread level, and I doubt either team will make massive changes up or down. It’s just, really, to keep doing the best job possible. “