Mercedes Boss Toto Wolff: We don't want to dominate F1, we want to be the Jedis!
As Mercedes stands poised to clinch their third consecutive F1 Constructors' Championship in Malaysia, team boss Toto Wolff has said that he does n...
As Mercedes stands poised to clinch their third consecutive F1 Constructors' Championship in Malaysia, team boss Toto Wolff has said that he does not want to dominate the sport, but would love to have the support from fans that comes from being the challenger.
Speaking to Tom Clarkson in BBC 5 Live's Chequered Flag podcast, Wolff said,
"People will cheer for the underdog and we would love to be the underdog.
"We don't want to be the Empire, we want to be the Jedis. But if you win and every weekend it is perceived that the car can be in front and likely to win the race, then it's clear that you get less credit."
Mercedes has had an even more dominant season in 2016 than the two previous ones, with only one race win dropped; in Spain the two drivers hit each other on the opening lap leaving Red Bull's Max Verstappen to pick up the win.
The season has seen a swing of momentum between the two drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with the German now leading after winning eight races. No driver has ever won that many races in a season and failed to win the championship. But the past two seasons have seen Hamilton overcome his team mate in the final part of the season and many expect it to happen again.
Asked who was going to win the world championship this year, Wolff said, "At the moment the balance is a bit more on Nico's side, but I don't know.
"He raised his game towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year and then Lewis fought back and now there is a bit of momentum on Nico's side. Both drivers have developed as individuals and as race drivers and that's one of the character traits of the very best that there is no stand still."
Hamilton is aware that Rosberg's performance in Singapore was on a higher level than previously, with the team openly saying that his qualifying lap is the best the German has driven in his time with the team. Wolff has said it was generally Rosberg's most complete performance.
Asked whether the drivers will be let off the leash to compete once the Constructors' Championship is sealed, which will be this weekend barring misfortune, Wolff said,
"We have let them race throughout the last couple of years. We have never interfered in the racing, there was never a team order, like a number one and number two. There are certain rules that are important because they are about sportsmanship and the way we want the team to perform and that doesn't change whether we have won the Constructors' or not."Check out the full Toto Wolff interview on BBC 5 Live's Chequered Flag podcast
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