Wolff: Bloody worried

Although Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton have won the last two races on the trot, team chief Toto Wolff is worried that their car will not be suited to the tight confines of the Monte-Carlo streets, despite his team winning four of the last five races at the sport’s most prestigious venue.

After the triumph in Spain, Wolff was asked how he felt ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, he replied, “Bloody worried. We have seen in the last years that there were some tracks which suited us well and some we were not perfect for.”

“It’s a great challenge for us to come back this year, tame the ‘diva’ – it’s not a diva this year, actually, she’s behaving better. It’s very difficult to undo the DNA of a car and Monaco, Singapore and Budapest were all tracks where we underperformed a lot last year.”

“It’s a great challenge. Why our car doesn’t like to be quick around the corners of Monaco, we haven’t found out yet. We don’t head into the weekend as favourites, they are Red Bull and Ferrari. Red Bull are strong in the slow-speed corners and where straight-line speed is less important, while Ferrari dominated last year.”

“Our job is to deliver a smooth practice programme, apply our learning from recent races and maximise the potential of the car, whatever that proves to be. We are now starting the heart of the season, with seven races ahead in the next ten weekends.”

“We will race on a broad range of circuits before the summer break, with races coming thick and fast. This will test the team to its limits – and any weaknesses will be harshly punished in the points. We are clear-sighted about the challenge ahead of us and determined to prevail,” added Wolff.

Heading to Monaco for Round 6 of the Formula 1 World Championship, Mercedes are top of the constructors’ championship table leading by 27 points from Ferrari while Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers’ standings, 17 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas lies third in the championship.

Big Question: Does Toto have reason to be bloody worried?