Though Mercedes gained the F1 season opener in Bahrain, the tempo proven by Crimson Bull all through the weekend factors to the RB16B being the quickest automobile on the grid proper now.
However slightly than Mercedes being downbeat in regards to the job it now faces to shut the hole to Crimson Bull, Wolff says the German automobile producer was really revelling within the circumstances.
“In a means there’s a feeling throughout the staff that we very a lot take pleasure in the brand new circumstances,” Wolff informed Motorsport.com. “And it’s that, on paper, Crimson Bull is forward with perhaps all of their package deal.
“It is theirs to lose, ours to win, as a result of when you’ve the quickest automobile, you’ve got to ship on that.
“We’ve got to catch up. We’ve got to deploy our A-game and discover extra efficiency. However strictly talking, we’re second greatest on the street.”
Wolff stated Mercedes didn’t discover it onerous to take care of being behind its major rival on tempo phrases. Actually, he felt that it had served to convey a brand new power and focus to everybody at Brackley and Brixworth.
“The enjoyable issue of us being within the hunt may be very pleasant, as a result of it’s it’s a new state of affairs, and we embrace this chance,” he stated.
“That hasn’t been the case since 2013. And I cherished 2013. I’ve stated it within the staff that I really feel like the identical pump as once I first joined. And it was Crimson Bull domination then: they had been simply going to win the fourth championship.”
‘Speaking shit’ clarification
Wolff just lately brought about a stir when feedback attributed to him appeared to assault fellow F1 staff bosses Zak Brown and Christian Horner.
In an interview with Austrian newspaper Osterreich, that was broadly translated into English, Wolff was requested what he felt about feedback from Brown who steered that Mercedes would have an all-new driver line-up in 2022.
Wolff was quoted as saying: “Brown is like Christian Horner. They simply unfold shit. I don’t care.”
That interpretation of what he stated was seen by some as being a blatant assault on his fellow staff bosses.
Nevertheless, Wolff has clarified that his feedback didn’t come throughout precisely, and what he really stated was one thing completely completely different.
“I’ve respect for each of them,” he stated. “That was completely misquoted, and I believe it bought actually misplaced in translation.
“I stated, ‘they provide one another shit rather a lot’, and the way in which it was quoted is ‘they discuss shit’, which isn’t fairly the identical. Zak is a giant a part of the Mercedes household and a good friend. With all of the banter that we’ve got between us, it isn’t one thing that I’d accuse him of.”
Wolff stated that staff bosses having banter between them was an important aspect that attracted curiosity in F1, because it confirmed the aggressive battle between squads was actual.
“It is crucial as a result of, what it comes right down to, is rivalry,” he added. “We’re working in the identical circus, and it wants to supply leisure for our followers and audiences.
“However there’s additionally rivalry. Generally that may escalate into animosity, and that is a part of the game. However we mustn’t overlook: it is only a sport.”