Ahead of 2014 Formula 1 season, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff admits that currently they under pressure to deliver title-winning attack this season, following successive campaign in 2013.
Last season Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was made an aggressive fight with title winners and finally set second place in the constructors’ championship.
Even as last year team Principal Ross Brawn depart from the Brackley-based squad and Paddy Lowe take the role for next season.
“No, we cannot afford that, if we had finished fourth or third, people could say there will be an evolution before being world champion. Wolff told Autosport
“But now the expectations are very high, and we have to manage those expectations because winning a world championship is not an easy task. It is very difficult.
“It is different to winning races because you have to put everything together. But can we honestly say that we are a contender for the world championship? No. Optimism is always dangerous,” he said. “You have to be a pessimistic optimist.
“The general tendency has to be pessimistic. You have to not take it for granted that it is going to happen. But also you must not make your life bad by being too pessimistic. What I can see is the effort, intelligence and resource being put into the engine development and powertrain development – and I believe that the right things are being done.
“Now do I know what Ferrari and Renault are doing? No. I am sure they have intelligent people and they are doing good work there as well. It is all crystal-ball reading.”