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Wolff may reconsider Bottas radio messages after pace 'flatlined'

Toto Wolff says he may need to reconsider his in-race radio messages to Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's pace "flatlined" when chasing Max Verstappen at Portimao.

Wolff expecting "totally disjointed" F1 field in 2022

Toto Wolff believes the Formula 1 field will become “totally disjointed” in 2022 when the technical regulations change and that the grid will lose its current performance convergence.

Wolff doubts Bottas came close to retirement after team orders

Toto Wolff doubts Valtteri Bottas came close to retiring from Formula 1 following Mercedes’ use of team orders over two years ago after the Finn’s claim on Netflix.

Toto Wolff discusses the future of Formula 1, cost caps and more

With the retirement of Frank Williams this year, Toto Wolff is now the most successful active team principal in Formula 1. His range of motorsport responsibilities for Mercedes also includes Formula E, where rivals BMW and Audi made shock withdrawal announcements recently. So how does the seven-time world champion team boss see the future of both series and what is his view on what the motorsport of tomorrow will look like?

Berger says Mick Schumacher ‘reminds me of Michael’

DTM chief Gerhard Berger says Mick Schumacher reminds him of his father Michael in many ways, and believes Mick can make it to Formula 1 if he continues to show the form that took him to the European F3 title.

Wolff admits Bottas in “an uncomfortable situation” at Mercedes

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says he understands that Valtteri Bottas is in an uncomfortable, high-pressure situation due to his short-term contract with the team.

Mercedes targets reducing weight of its F1 car

Mercedes has admitted that the weight of its 2017 Formula 1 car is an area that needs work on, as it bids to bounce back from defeat at the Australian Grand Prix.

Wolff blames “miscommunication” over Verstappen protest saga

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has blamed a ‘miscommunication’ caused by the timing of his flight home from the Japanese Grand Prix for his team’s on-off protest against Max Verstappen at Suzuka.

Wolff: No regrets over Hamilton’s Spa grid penalty decision

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has no regrets about choosing the Belgian Grand Prix for Lewis Hamilton’s power unit grid penalties – but admits in hindsight that Monza would have been a better option.

Wolff and Ganassi tip Stroll for F1 future

Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff and American racing entrepreneur Chip Ganassi have both tipped FIA European Formula 3 Championship leader Lance Stroll to make it to Formula 1.

F1 teams to debate wet weather standing starts

F1 teams will this week debate the idea of having standing starts in wet conditions in order to avoid the sort of situation seen at the British GP, where fans were denied the opportunity to see a proper start.

Opinion: How toxic can teammates become before total meltdown?

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg collided again in the Austrian Grand Prix – can they continue to be teammates if this keeps occurring? Charles Bradley investigates.

Analysis: Why Mercedes won't freak out over Hamilton/Rosberg rivalry

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thinks it would be a mistake to try to control Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's relationship too much – despite the ongoing pain of their controversial Spanish Grand Prix collision.

Toto Wolff – “I expect Lance Stroll to be the next Canadian in F1”

Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff spoke highly of young Canadian racer Lance Stroll.

Wolff: Hamilton has “every right to be upset”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says his team must “reassess the root cause” of the apparent recurrence in Russia of the MGU-H problem that blighted Lewis Hamilton’s Chinese Grand Prix qualifying.

Ferrari engine compromise helping us, says Mercedes

Mercedes believes its form at the Chinese Grand Prix was flattered by Ferrari having to detune its engine because of fears over reliability.

Analysis: Is high-mileage Mercedes in better shape than fast Ferrari?

Ignore Ferrari’s headline-setting pace for a moment. Although it is setting the pace on the timesheets in Barcelona F1 testing, rivals Mercedes are racking up the most miles.

Wolff: We want F1 owners “with a long-term perspective”

Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff says he wants Formula 1’s prospective new owners to show “long-term perspective and vision” if a buyer is found in the near future.

Analysis: Why engines are an easy scapegoat for F1 woes

The current V6 hybrid turbo engines have been blamed for a lot of the problems Formula 1 is having. But that's just a very simplistic view, as Kate Walker explains.

Mercedes says Ferrari challenge good for F1

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the recent close races between Mercedes and Ferrari have been good for Formula 1, and have served to keep Bernie Ecclestone happy.

Set-up changes caused Mercedes' brake issues

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that the changes the team made to its car's set-up on Friday in Bahrain contributed to the brake issues suffered by both drivers during the race.

Double podium for Mercedes in enthralling Bahrain Grand Prix

Victory for Lewis Hamilton and third place for Nico Rosberg after a tense and hotly contested battle in the desert.

Manufacturers insist V6 must remain basis for future F1 engine rules

F1 engine manufacturers have agreed that any move towards 1000bhp engines for 2017 must involve the current V6 engine configuration as a starting point, according to Toto Wolff.

Wolff: Race will prove if Mercedes set-up change has worked

The Bahrain Grand Prix will be something of a step into the unknown for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, as Mercedes has yet to fully prove set-up changes made after Friday.

Mercedes' Hamilton stormed to pole position for the 2015 Bahrain GP

Nico Rosberg set to line up third on the grid after an enthralling qualifying session under the Sakhir spotlights.

Bahrain GP: Friday press conference

John Booth (Manor), Rob White (Renault Sport F1), Eric Boullier (Mclaren), Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Toto Wolff (Mercedes)

Opening day in Sakhir sees Mercedes top the times

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished line astern in both sessions - topping the times in the evening ahead of the two Ferrari drivers.

Mercedes drivers focused on delivering maximum performance in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton: "Last year was my first win here and it was definitely one I'll remember after a great fight with Nico."

Bahrain GP: Thursday press conference

Sergio Perez (Force India), Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso), Will Stevens (Manor), Pastor Maldonado (Lotus), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing)

Wolff insists Hamilton/Rosberg tensions now behind

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team has made sure tensions between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will not carry over into this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Wolff: Team wins have priority over driver battle

Toto Wolff has reiterated that after the Chinese GP, Mercedes may have to focus more on how best to manage the team's two drivers in the light of the increasing challenge from Ferrari.

Hard-fought one-two finish for Mercedes in a tense Chinese GP

Lewis Hamilton leads home Nico Rosberg at the Shanghai International Circuit

Why Nico Rosberg is fighting a losing battle

The fight for supremacy at Mercedes is nearly over after three races, argues Kate Walker.

No animosity in post-China debrief, claims Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has moved quickly to defuse intra-team tension after Nico Rosberg accused Lewis Hamilton of by backing him into Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg says Mercedes split strategies "artificial"

Nico Rosberg says he is concerned about how split strategies at his Mercedes Formula 1 team could impact his title battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Hot backside won't stop me, claims Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton insists that an overheating seat won’t slow him down in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, especially if he’s leading.

Rosberg “frustrated” at missing pole by small margin

Nico Rosberg admitted he was “frustrated” and “annoyed” to be beaten to pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix by Lewis Hamilton by just 0.042s.

Battle resumes at the Shanghai and Mercedes top the times on the opening day

Lewis Hamilton topped the times in both sessions, with Nico Rosberg finishing the morning in P2 and the afternoon in P5.

Rosberg: I'm not going to play number 2 role

Nico Rosberg has denied that anything will change in terms of his status within the Mercedes team in China, following Ferrari's victory in Malaysia.

A diferent challenge for Mercedes at Shanghai

The 2015 Formula One World Championship season continues with Round Three, the Chinese Grand Prix, held at the Shanghai International Circuit .

Mercedes "cannot afford" Malaysian GP repeat

Mercedes says it must do better and cannot afford a repeat of the Malaysian Grand Prix, insisting Ferrari's victory was a wake-up call the team must react to.

Mercedes says it must up development pace

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admits he was surprised at how Ferrari caught up with his team in Malaysia, and says that his squad must now ramp up development in response to the threat from Maranello.

Double podium for Mercedes in enthralling Malaysian GP

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg claimed a second consecutive double podium today, finishing P2 and P3 respectively.

Malaysian Grand Prix: News round-up

All the news from the Malaysian Grand Prix, the second round of the 2015 season.

Wolff: Vettel win the "wake-up call we needed”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says that Sebastian Vettel's first win for Ferrari was "deserved" and that "perhaps it's the wake-up call we needed."

Rainy qualifying in Sepang with Hamilton in pole and Rosberg in third

Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mixed bag for Mercedes on a hot and humid opening day at the Sepang

Nico Rosberg topped the times during the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton claiming top spot in the afternoon.

Mercedes' objectives remain the same in Malaysia

Toto Wolff: "The next battle is Malaysia - a home race for Petronas and one we will attack with the same intensity as Australia."

Mercedes can't afford to back off - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says his team cannot afford to back off despite the clear advantage it had in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes hits back at Red Bull criticism

Mercedes chiefs have lashed back at those calling for immediate rule changes after the opening race of 2015.

Rosberg admits Hamilton “drove like a world champion”

First blood goes to reigning world champion in Melbourne but his teammate vows to give him a “big run for his money”.

Mercedes margin bigger than expected - Wolff

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says that Lewis Hamilton's qualifying pace in Melbourne exceeded even the team's expectations.

Mercedes kicked off the 2015 season at the top of the timesheets at Albert Park

Nico Rosberg topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis Hamilton in P2.

Australian GP: Friday press conference

Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Eric Boullier (Mclaren), Monisha Kaltenborn (Sauber), Maurizio Arrivabene (Ferrari), Claire Williams (Williams), Graeme Lowdon (Manor Marussia)

Rivals reject Horner's wind tunnel ban idea

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams thinks the proposed ban on wind tunnels would be wrong for Formula 1 and says her squad would not support it.

Mercedes eager to let battle commence in Australia

Lewis Hamilton: "I feel fresh, I feel fit, I feel relaxed, I feel positive... I feel ready."

German GP must meet 'conditions' - Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone has suggested the matter of the embattled German Grand Prix is purely financial.

Rivals in awe of Mercedes pace in Barcelona testing

Vettel admits Rosberg's time on soft tyres was "awesome" as World Champions show their hand.