Toto Wolff on Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes ahead of Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

As an exciting Formula One title race heads to Saudi Arabia this weekend, Toto Wolff has insisted that Hamilton’s Mercedes is in “the best place it has been all season”.

Max Verstappen leads by eight points, with the seven-time world champion coming in second place. 

Reports claim the street circuit in Jeddah would favour Hamilton’s machine, with Wolff confident about his team’s preparations.

“The car has been performing well recently and is probably in the best place it has been all season, with the drivers confident to push it to the limit. That’s encouraging for the final races and gives us strong momentum to take forward,” he said.

“We are all excited to still be in the fight at this stage in the season, it’s a privilege and a testament to our resilience when we see where we stood in the early summer. Both titles are wide open, and our mission is clear.

“Jeddah is another completely new challenge, an all-new track to get to grips with and a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure we hit the ground running on Friday, because getting as much information as we can during those initial sessions will be vital,” he added.

“It’s a fast street circuit with long flat-out sections and several high-speed corners, lined by barriers meaning it’ll be high risk and reward. 

“We’re more motivated than ever and we expect to be in the hunt, so we are all looking forward to the debut Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia.”