F1 information: Mercedes chief Toto Wolff makes Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel battle admission
Mercedes went into the 2018 marketing campaign with loads of optimism they’d prolong their dominance of the V6 turbo hybrid period.
However they knew Ferrari would supply a stern check of their credentials, largely right down to the prowess of Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel and Mercedes man Lewis Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel for the primary half of the season.
Nonetheless, Hamilton finally pulled away from Vettel within the standings and wrapped up his fifth F1 title in October.
The Brit’s efforts, alongside these of team-mate Valtteri Bottas, ensured Mercedes secured the World Constructors’ Championship too.
Wolff has now revealed he was not a fan of how Mercedes’ battle with Ferrari wore on.
He admitted, although, that he wouldn’t like issues to be totally different as it might make victory much less candy.
“It was an unbelievable season,” stated Wolff, on the FIA’s awards ceremony on Friday evening.
“Did I benefit from the battle with Ferrari? No, I didn’t, it was actually robust.
“But when I look again, I wouldn’t have carried out it another approach. It’s what System 1 is all about.
“It’s the head of motor racing and also you anticipate your rivals to be very sturdy.
“In the long run it makes the tip consequence much more fulfilling.”
Mercedes can be wanting to win a sixth set of F1 titles on the bounce subsequent 12 months.
Hamilton has requested his team-mates to determine his weaknesses to be able to guarantee he’s nicely ready for the 2019 season.
“I requested my staff to ship me an e-mail from a number of totally different departments, requested them to be blunt,” Hamilton stated.
“They don’t even want to inform me who the e-mail’s from, simply inform me the issues [they] suppose I can enhance on.
“If there’s been a sure expertise this 12 months you felt that may very well be higher or one thing I’ve stated that’s swayed the power throughout the staff.
“As a result of I’m trying to be the all-time nice and which means successful in all areas.”
Hamilton will start his title defence when the 2019 marketing campaign kicks off subsequent March.
First up is the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit.