Formula 1 at Monza: We Have to Step Up Our Game

The fight resumes with Round 14 of the 2018 season from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. We are expecting another tough weekend. But, we pushed hard to get the best result possible out of it.

We did not return from summer shutdown the way we wanted to. The race in Spa clearly showed that the Ferrari was the better car around that track, both in terms of performance and tyre management. In the end, we were simply not fast enough to threaten Vettel after he had taken the lead in the first lap.

On the plus side, we still came home with more points than Ferrari – through strong drives from Lewis and Valtteri and some bad luck on Raikkönen’s side. However, it is clear that we need find more performance if we want to keep gaining more points than our competitors.

Italian GP in Monza: The season remains a thriller

Over the course of this season, the performance has shifted a number of times between Ferrari and us, so nobody can take anything for granted. We just have to keep our heads down, focus on the developing our car and take it race by race. We brought a good step forward to Spa with our new engines and we need to keep developing quickly over the next weeks.

We’re now looking forward to the race in Monza at the Autodromo Nazionale – the last of the European races and a Grand Prix with a truly great atmosphere, thanks to thousands of Tifosi. Last year, we celebrated a 1-2 in Monza. This year, nobody expects it to be easy and we will have to step up our game in order to challenge for victory.

The Ferrari has been impressively quick on the straights lately which is certainly an advantage on a track like Monza. But we will be fighting them with everything we’ve got.

Toto Wolff is Team Principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport since 2013.