“We exist to fight for victories,” says Wolff as Mercedes closes in on first win of the season

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has expressed optimism that Silver Arrows can take a race victory before the 2022 season concludes, having come close to victory last time out in the Netherlands.

With the W13 showing great pace around the tight and twisty Zandvoort circuit, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were in contention on race day, keeping Max Verstappen and Red Bull honest on an alternative tire strategy.

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However, after overtaking Verstappen during a late Safety Car period, as most entrants pitted for tire changes, Hamilton lost on the restart and dropped down the order to P4, behind the Dutchman, his teammate. Russell and Charles Leclerc Ferrari team.

Although this meant missing out on a possible first win of the campaign, Wolff and Mercedes were greatly encouraged by their performance at the Dutch Grand Prix and hope that one of the remaining seven races will deliver the ultimate prize.

“We didn’t have the fastest car during the Dutch GP weekend, but the team did a fantastic job of putting us in the mix to win the race and we need to make sure we’re in that position more regularly,” he said. Wolff, speaking before the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

“We took some risks at Zandvoort and not all of them worked out; we exist to fight for victories and we will never shy away from bold decisions.”

“We got good points in our quest for P2 in the championship and it was fun to be back in the fight. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we are getting closer to that first win of the season.”

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Wolff doubts Mercedes will be as competitive at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, given the high-speed demands of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, but sees no reason why its drivers couldn’t score podium finishes.

“While Zandvoort suited our car, Monza is likely to be a more challenging weekend due to the characteristics of the circuit,” he continued.

“But we are optimistic that we will be in better shape than at other low-downforce tracks like Spa, thanks to our learning since then, and [we’ll] try hard to fight for the podium once again”.

Hamilton vying for a win this weekend, meanwhile, seems unlikely, after Mercedes fitted him with a new power unit, relegating him to a start at the back of the grid.

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