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Wolff: Mercedes will be given time

9 May 2013

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has insisted the team will continue to enjoy the support of parent company Daimler, providing it progresses and shows signs it can challenge the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari for top honours.

Although the outfit has stepped up this year, and Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both taken a pole position apiece, while Hamilton has also managed two podiums, there is still a lot of ground to make up.

Indeed the squad is currently fourth in the Constructors' Championship with 64 points on the board - 13 behind Ferrari and 29 behind Lotus, while the current leaders, Red Bull Racing, have a 45 point advantage.

“If we are perceived as a front-running team - among the top three, four teams - we will be given time,” Wolff told BBC Sport ahead of this weekend's 2013 F1 Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

“We need to be successful but Mercedes understand you cannot build a winning team in a short time frame.

“It's about putting together the right ingredients. If you look at what has worked in the past, even Benetton [in 1994-5], the glory days of Ferrari, the glory days of McLaren, you can see there was a group of people which could almost interact non-verbally with each other.

“They fitted them together, the engine was good, the driver was good, the chassis was solid.

“The management worked with each other, a good group of mechanics, a good group of engineers, good technical director, a creative mind in the design office and aero department and a good businessman and politician safeguarding all these guys from the nasty bits. And in order to put that together you need time.”

Despite all that though, Wolff added that overall the objective is a simple one: “[Ultimately] we are here to deliver the big round thing at the end of the year,” he concluded.


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