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Toto Wolff

Wolff doesn't want any more 'gifted' Mercedes podiums

Toto Wolff admits that he doesn't feel satisifed by Mercedes collecting podium finishes due to the misfortune of others.

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Toto Wolff has conceded that he doesn't take much satisfaction from inherited podium finishes.

With Mercedes starting the 2022 season as the third-fastest team, they are yet to take a victory and are already 101 points away from Constructors' Championship leaders Red Bull.

Whilst progress has been made to improve the performance of the car, the Monaco Grand Prix highlighted their need for more pace increases, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finishing in fifth and eighth respectively.

Speaking after the race, Wolff admitted that he wasn't too upset to miss out on a Mercedes podium in the adverse conditions of the event.

"We've had a few podiums [in 2022], but this is only when something goes wrong in the front," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I don't want anything gifted to us. Our team is only third on the road, and that's why the positions of fifth and sixth is where we belong, but this is not where we want to be."

Wolff: Adding to points tally "nice", but not enough

Despite their performance woes, Mercedes have been consistent in their points-scoring in 2022.

The Brackley-based squad have scored points with both drivers in all but one race this season, with George Russell finishing in the top five in every race of the campaign so far.

This consistency will be a big factor in giving Mercedes a faint hope of competing in this year's championship fight.

Wolff added that, whilst racking up points finishes is ultimately beneficial, it won't matter to him unless the Silver Arrows start to take some deserved wins in 2022.

"If you're inheriting a podium that is nice. It's good for the points long-term, but I don't want any of that," added Wolff.

"I want to be part of winning at the front and these are important lessons that we learn here and it's going to be the basis of us performing again."

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