Wolff Relishing External Fight After Three Seasons of Heavy Introspection

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff welcomes the challenge from Ferrari as the Silver Arrows finally have an outside challenge.

It’s safe to say that Ferrari has done their homework. The bucking horses have come through as the prime contender for the title thus far in the 2017 championship, and Mercedes are welcoming it.

Großer Preis von Bahrain 2017, Sonntag - Wolfgang Wilhelm

In what is likely to be the first-time Mercedes will have to shake up its team structure in years, this season is quickly unfolding as one that could see the Silver Arrows funnel more resources into the driver they believe is more capable of mounting a challenge to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel – and Toto Wolff is welcoming the challenge.

The Mercedes Team Principal spoke out about the state of competition between the two top dogs of the 2017 Championship, saying that although losing feels terrible, it makes winning that much more satisfying:

“Probably for Formula 1 it’s good as well if there’s a fight between Ferrari and Mercedes, so we have to see it like sportsmen, we have a fight that’s on and that is how it is, even though it feels s**t right now!” – Toto Wolff

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN - APRIL 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 on track  during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 16, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – APRIL 16: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H leads Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO8 on track during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 16, 2017 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Wolff went on to say that although the current state of things is absolutely a departure from how the team operated in the past, the change is a welcome one:

“In the last three years we had an internal fight of course you set your mindset in that direction and this is a new situation which I’m sure the team will handle well. I’m seeing positives, change of regulations, and we’re in the fight for race wins and we’re in the fight for the titles at the moment you can say that, but I think there’s just generally good news.” – Toto Wolff

If Mercedes can manage to win the upcoming Russian GP with either Hamilton or Bottas, the pendulum between them and Ferrari will truly be in full-swing.

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