Mercedes boss Toto Wolff prioritises points over prizes

Toto Wolff MercedesMercedes will prioritise its long-term prospects over the fight for the 2013 Formula One title, according to executive director Toto Wolff.

The Silver Arrows lie second in the constructors’ world championship after Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Mercedes having claimed 70% of this season’s pole positions, leading many to believe that the German manufacturer is the closest rival to triple world champions Red Bull Racing as the 2013 season enters its latter stages.

However, Wolff believes consolidation and consistency will signify a positive season for Mercedes, with Hamilton trailing drivers’ standings leader Sebastian Vettel by 48 points with Nico Rosberg, victor of the Monaco and British Grands Prix, a further 40 points behind.

The Austrian told AUTOSPORT: “If half a year ago we would have talked about championship opportunities in the drivers’ or constructors’ championship it would have been absolutely crazy.

“If you look at our competitors they have been able to perform at the top in a sustainable way.

“That is what we need to achieve – consolidation should be the agenda for the second half of the year, not looking at the championships.”

With Mercedes’ early-season form affected by tyre issues, wins in the heat of mid-summer heat of Britain and Hungary have suggested that the team’s troubles have vanished.

Wolff, however, believes the unique demands of every track means it would be too soon to suggest a turning point has been discovered, adding: “We cannot be confident, it would be the wrong approach to say we have found the golden key now.

“It is about consolidating and analysing, trying to translate it into the coming circuits in terms of the circuit itself, track surface, track temperatures, energy of the corners. Every track is different.

“We have to keep our head down and consolidate the win, and try to turn it into performance on the track.”

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