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Toto Wolff

Wolff: Mercedes need to be aggressive

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes his team have no choice but to take an aggressive approach to the rest of the season.

Hamilton Turkije
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Toto Wolff has said that Mercedes will need to be aggressive over the remaining seven races of the season, as the reigning World Champions seek to fend off Red Bull's challenge for the title.

While Lewis Hamilton holds a two-point lead over Max Verstappen in the Drivers' Championship, there's a sense that momentum is now with Red Bull after weathering their two weak tracks in Italy and Russia with only minimal points lost to Hamilton, while also serving an engine grid penalty for introducing a fourth power unit.

In the face of such form from Red Bull, Wolff has said that Mercedes are "fired up" as the season starts building to its climax.

"The final moments of the last race in Russia proved that anything can happen in F1 and fortunes can change in the blink of an eye," Wolff said in the team's official preview for the Turkish Grand Prix.

"This season is keeping all of us on our toes and that's something we're enjoying immensely, but it also means we have to be aggressive with our approach to the season, in order to maximise the points available.

"That's our focus for Turkey and beyond. I know Lewis, Valtteri and the entire team are fired up for the battle that lies ahead, and we look set for another exciting race this weekend at Istanbul Park, where there are still many unknowns for us because of the track surface and weather conditions in 2020.

"It's an exciting track layout and a good one for racing, so I think we'll be in for another spectacular twist in this brilliant F1 season."

With Hamilton winning last time out in Russia, he became Formula 1's first ever driver to achieve 100 Grand Prix victories.

Having reached such a remarkable and unique milestone, Wolff said it's given the team extra impetus to go out and finish the job.

"There's been a brilliant buzz in the team over the last week or so," he said.

"Being back on the top step of the podium was an incredible feeling for all of us, and particularly after such a dramatic race weekend.

"It was obviously made even more special by being Lewis' 100th race win in Formula 1. In the moment, milestones like this are exceptional, but I think it will take time for us to all realise just how remarkable this period of time is, and how privileged we all are to be part of this journey with him."

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