Toto Wolff admits success is now an expectation at Mercedes, such is its advantage over the rest of the field at present.
Nico Rosberg won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix before Lewis Hamilton headed consecutive one-two finishes for Mercedes in Malaysia and Bahrain respectively. With the team having a clear performance advantage over the rest of the grid, Wolff conceded the pace it has in hand now means Mercedes arrives at every grand prix expecting to win.
“We head to the next race in China with good momentum behind us and motivation is extremely high,” Wolff said. “The team is now at a level where success is not a bonus but an expectation. After three races we find ourselves in a strong position in both Championships but we are under no illusions that our position is a given. We must take the good moments and use them as inspiration in the on-going push to achieve our goals.”
While still enjoying the positive reaction to the last race in Bahrain, Wolff says he has already noticed how quickly rival teams can improve and has challenged Mercedes to make the most of its current lead.
“The race in Bahrain was quite simply brilliant to watch: one of the best in recent memory, in fact. This is what we go racing for and it was a strong advert for the sport: in particular under these new regulations. I think that in itself proves that we are moving in the right direction.
“Though we have enjoyed a positive start to the season, with time the balance of the field will start to even out and it's a credit to the people within the sport that we can see such significant advancements throughout the grid already. If we are to sustain any sort of advantage that we may currently have, it's up to us to keep raising the bar in every area.”