Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff talks to DW (Germany’s international broadcaster) in an interview about the Formula 1 season so far, he cautioned that Ferrari will be a very tough opponent of Mercedes, and they take them very seriously.
Between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s strong performances, Mercedes have 451 points in constructors championship – 180 ahead of their closest competitor, Ferrari.
The Source DW asked, Formula 1 thrilling again is Ferrari. How competitive is Sebastian Vettel?
Toto Wolff: Ferrari has done a really good job in catching up over the winter. They have come out of nowhere, winning two races and they are second in the championship. We are take them very seriously, but it is Ferrari, so it is to be expected.
DW: Do you think they could become a real danger in the competition this year?
Wolff: Yes, I always expect the competition to grow and Ferrari has had some great races. I have no doubt they will be a very tough opponent.
DW: Do you think Nico Rosberg still has a chance to become world champion this year?
Wolff: Yes, absolutely. There are many races to go, many points to score and you can see how quickly it goes when you do not finish a race and your main competitor scores 25 points. Like you say: The championship isn’t over until it is over.
DW: What is the reason that Lewis has been so dominant in recent races and Nico does not win anymore? He was very close to Lewis at the race in Monaco…
Wolff: You cannot really say that. Lewis is on a roll. He has momentum. He had many great races and both of them are on a similar level and it can swing in either direction pretty fast.
DW: Some people say Formula One is boring, that the sport is in a crisis. What is the problem?
Wolff: I don’t think there is a crisis. There is a product which is one of the most successful global sports. We have good revenues, good income, TV audiences are stable or growing in the most important markets, and digital audiences are growing. Of course we have challenges like many other entertainment platforms, like many other sports contents, but there is more talk about a crisis than there actually being one.
DW: Finally, Singapore is this weekend. I read a lot about the bad quality of the air. Do you think this could affect the drivers?
Wolff: We have heard there is a lot of haze and the race could be dangerous, but honestly we will only know tomorrow and the day after tomorrow when we arrive there. At the moment it is still unclear. (Source: dw.com)