Wolff: The results are too flattering

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While the Formula 1 world witnesses one of the mightiest teams ever assembled score dominant one-twos in the first four races of this season, their boss Toto Wolff believes that the results are “too flattering” for Mercedes.

Previewing this the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Wolff said, “Nobody would have predicted four consecutive Mercedes 1-2s after winter testing. But here we are having scored 173 points in the first four races – a remarkable result which is first and foremost testament of the amazing work of every single member of the team.”

Clearly resting on their laurels does not apply to the Silver Arrows, as their boss explained, “Our devotion to the task, our hunger for victory and our love of racing are stronger than ever. The results seem to paint a relatively clear picture, but the truth is that they’re too flattering.”

“The performance has fluctuated in the first four races. We had the fastest car in Australia and China, but we won in Bahrain thanks to our reliability when we were on the back foot in terms of speed.”

“And while our race pace looked good in Azerbaijan, we were never able to build a truly comfortable gap to our rivals. So there is no complacency about our situation because we know that it’s not truly representative of the balance of power this season so far.”

“Our next stop takes us to Barcelona, where our opponents were blisteringly quick in winter testing, so the Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy. Despite the good start to the season we remain quite sceptical of our own performance and know that there are a number of areas where we can and must improve.”

“We anticipate a tough and competitive weekend, first against our rivals and also between our drivers. Everything is still very much up for grabs this season and we will be keeping our foot firmly to the floor,” added Wolff.

Mercedes head to Barcelona as the first team to win the opening four rounds of a season in the top flight while their rivals fumble in their wake Valtteri Bottas tops the drivers’ standings by one point over Lewis Hamilton, but the next best Sebastian Vettel is 34 points behind already while Ferrari trail the constructors’ championship by 74 points.

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