With a dramatic half-season behind him, Mercedes-AMG Petronas team principal Toto Wolff has shared an interesting secret regarding his plans to resurrect the Silver Arrows’ title hopes – and it involves troubled Premier legends League, Manchester United.
Between 2014 and 2020, Mercedes has been absolutely indomitable. The team has won seven consecutive Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles, including six from Lewis Hamilton, while a spectacular title in 2016 went to teammate and long-time ‘foe’ Nico Rosberg. The tables were turned in 2021, however, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the championship – albeit under controversial circumstances.
This year, Wolff’s Prospects for Revenge didn’t quite play as he hoped. Mercedes started the 2022 season with one of its weakest cars of the modern era, with the W13 design plagued by the infamous porpoising phenomenon that took several races to recover.
Although Mercedes has faced an unusually difficult year, the team appears to have made progress by emphasizing reliability and driver skill in recent races, which have seen them catch up to just 30 points behind runners-up. struggling, Ferrari.
United have it even worse
One of the most common F1 images of 2021-22 was Wolff’s famous grimace, which has made its way into numerous memes and jokes over the past half-year. While the 50-year-old Austrian billionaire has had nothing to smile about, Mercedes’ woes pale in comparison to Manchester United’s epic downfall in recent years.
Wolff’s comment adds insult to injury for the team’s supporters, who were humiliated in an away game with Brentford last Saturday – a 0-4 loss that forced new manager Erik ten Hag to reconsider his strategies, as Cristiano Ronaldo dodges rumors of his potential exit.
—Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 13, 2022
With even the billionaire Elon Musk joke about the state of the teamit’s a far cry from the team’s reign of victories under Sir Alex Ferguson, the retired manager who led the team to a stunning 13 Premier League titles during his 27-year tenure.
“I studied why the big teams were not able to repeat the big title [runs]Wolff told the Financial Times before citing United’s legendary spell with Ferguson.
“No sports team in any sport has ever won eight consecutive world championship titles and there are many reasons for that, and what is at the heart is the human. The human becomes complacent. You You are not energized in the same way as before.You may not be as ambitious.
Right now, Wolff can certainly be proud of his team’s efforts. With newcomer George Russell recently securing a top qualifying finish and making regular podium appearances, the future doesn’t look too bad for Mercedes, although Red Bull could begin their own reign at the end of 2022.
In the meantime, Wolff has directed his irritation away from the grid and towards Netflix’s Drive to Survives series, which has recently seen a massive influx of fans and viewers in general – thrusting Formula 1 into the forefront of pop culture and media in the markets. could never succeed before.
“In a way, we’ve never reached or excited the American public. Formula 1 is a niche sport – it’s a high-tech, high-income, very academic population,” he said. continued. “And then came Netflix, came Covid, and people were scrambling. I started watching bursts. And then all of a sudden we have such momentum in America that no one is going there. was waiting.
“They are athletes in high performance machines. It’s about life and death, and on top of that we’ve added keeping up with the Kardashianssaid Wolff, pointing to the oft-criticized reality show.
Wolff is expected to return with his team to compete in the Belgian Grand Prix, which begins on August 26.
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