Toto Wolff says Mercedes will be unrelenting at Sepang in aiming to win the third and final race it failed to achieve victory at in 2015.
The Mercedes team principal has overseen a year of almost complete control by the German manufacturer over its F1 rivals by winning 14 of the 15 races so far this season – the only exception being in Spain when Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton took one another out on lap one.
If a Mercedes driver can claim victory in Malaysia this weekend it marks the third and final race the team didn't win last season – having already won this season in Hungary and Singapore.
“Like Singapore, this was a race where we underperformed last year, so we will need to push hard to put that right,” Wolff said. “We can guarantee that the drivers will be doing just that. This year more than ever, we've seen that they are pushing each other to new heights.
“We're entering a gruelling phase of this record 21 race season, where the physical and mental challenge of a Championship reaches its absolute peak. We're in good shape - but we must remain on our toes to get the ball over the line.”
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Reflecting on the current season progress, Wolff was delighted by both the race action and results in Singapore whereby Rosberg claimed victory after fending off a late race charge from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.
“We saw Formula One at its best in Singapore. This was a classic,” Wolff said. “I'm proud of the team for how we bounced back after last year and we take our hats off to Red Bull and Daniel [Ricciardo] too, as they made it a huge battle.
“This is how Formula One should be and, although it was extremely tense, I thoroughly enjoyed the race. Now we go to Malaysia, which is a big weekend for us.”
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