“I feel that our car was good in Hungary when it had high downforce and we'll have that heading to Singapore,” he noted, “I hope that I can take a few more wins this year [but] I just wish it was a closer battle at the front."
With Nico Rosberg only managing sixth in the Monza race, and seemingly unable to do anything about Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg in pursuit of fifth, Mercedes appears to have slipped back behind Ferrari and Red Bull since returning from the summer break, and executive director Toto Wolff admitted that there was work to do.
"You can't expect to be there all the time and we know where we went wrong over the last two weekends,” he was quoted by ESPN
, “There is obviously always the danger that momentum stalls, but I don't think that's the case in our team. The momentum is still there, everybody is really motivated and we are enjoying ourselves, [but] sometimes it just needs a little kick to get you back on track."
Confirmed that Mercedes intended to keep updating its W04 despite the temptation to shift focus to the new technical challenges of 2014, Wolff erred on the side of caution when it came to talk of titles.
"You can never give up anything in F1 - and the past shows that, within a couple of races, things can change - but I think it's a pretty unrealistic task to be heading for any championship at this stage,” he concluded.