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Wolff not hopeful for a Mercedes 'surprise' in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes come into the Abu Dhabi weekend as 2022 Grand Prix winners, but boss Toto Wolff is not optimistic of another win.

Toto Wolff says Mercedes need to hope for another 'surprise' from its 2022 Formula 1 car to be in contention for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix victory. Reigning Constructors' champions Mercedes were winless going into last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, however, George Russell snapped the winless streak with a commanding maiden win. However, Wolff believes that the performance in Sao Paulo was a one-off and it will be tricky to repeat at Yas Marina, with the long straights and draggy nature of the W13 machine not likely to be compatible.

Wolff plays down Abu Dhabi chances

"We don't expect to be competitive in Abu Dhabi due to the circuit's characteristics but given the surprises we've had this year with W13, we'll just have to wait and see," Wolff explained. "We still have an outside chance of P2 in the Constructors' and the points gap to Ferrari is the smallest it has been all year (currently 19 points heading into the weekend)." "Hopefully we'll keep this positive momentum going to end the year strong. "Securing our first victory of the season is the result of so much hard work, dedication and determination from everyone involved. "Our team never stopped believing and never stopped pushing."

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