Mercedes needs to “stay humble and keep pushing” – Wolff

Mercedes needs to “stay humble and keep pushing” – Wolff

Despite Mercedes’ current advantage, executive director (business) Toto Wolff says the team needs to “stay humble and keep pushing” ahead of next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.0961LB1D4817

The Brackley-based outfit scored its fifth one-two finish of the 2014 season in Monaco last weekend, extending its lead in the constructors’ championship to 141 points.

“We are pleased to head to Canada on the back of another strong weekend in Monaco,” said Wolff. “We went into that race convinced that our rivals could outperform us and that’s how we worked to prepare for the weekend: like we were the underdogs. So we were pleased to see that we still had a good advantage at the front of the field.”

He added: “The team is operating at a very high level right now but we need to keep the ball flat, stay humble and keep pushing. On paper, you might say that Canada is the kind of circuit that should suit our package. But we don’t have a crystal ball and we have been bitten by that way of thinking in the past.

“We know that our rivals are getting closer and that we will need to extract every bit of potential to deliver a strong performance in Montreal.”

The level of tension between the two Mercedes drivers increased in Monaco, after Rosberg took pole position in controversial style on Saturday. However, the two recently talked, with Hamilton insisting that they are still friends.

“Lewis has a fantastic track record in Canada, Nico has the momentum from his win in Monaco,” Wolff continued. “We are all looking forward to the next chapter in the story of this season.”

Mercedes executive director (technical), Paddy Lowe, confirmed that the team will bring several updates to Canada for the W05, both on the aerodynamics and power-unit side.

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Jack Leslie

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