Toto Wolff insists that Mercedes can still be proud of its performance in the Singapore Grand Prix, despite being soundly beaten into fourth and fifth under lights.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were unable to challenge Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel as the defending champion romped to his third straight win to extend his advantage in the championship standings, with Hamilton admitting that the race had all but ended his own title hopes
While the pair were over 50 seconds down on Vettel – despite a Safety Car period closing up the field – Wolff refused to be too downbeat and said the performance shown by the German was something his own team was seeking to emulate in future.
"That dominance is something we are aiming to achieve over the next few years," he was quoted by Planet-F1
. "We are looking forward so there is no reason to be depressed because the step we have made in the last twelve months is something we should be proud of.
"If you look at the race, immediately afterwards we were disappointed, but then you return to your hotel and say 'Well, that was fine'.
"Obviously, we are all here to win the World Championship one day, and it's good we have raised the bar. Equally it's dangerous to do so because the level of satisfaction is much more difficult to achieve."
Wolff did however concede that it would be difficult to beat Vettel and Red Bull through the remainder of the season if the three-time champion was able to maintain the form he showed in Singapore.
"In Singapore, the kind of performance he showed by going two seconds per lap faster was absolutely stunning,” he said. "I don't know if he will have a clean sweep, but if anybody deserves the World Championship, then it's him."