Wolff points to reason for Vettel’s success this season


A lot was said about how the close working relationship between Ferrari and tyre suppliers Pirelli has led to them gaining such a significant lead in the current campaign.

With Sebastian Vettel already 25 points ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, critics have pointed towards the fact that the Italian manufacturer taking up the development of its 2017 tyres has given them a huge advantage.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, though, has shunned such talk and has said that he believes it is Vettel’s dedication and hard work that has helped Ferrari’s outstanding progress in 2017.

On their part, Pirelli denied any collusion with Ferrari, with CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera only suggesting that Vettel had perhaps worked harder on the issue than his Mercedes counterpart Hamilton.

Wolff accepted the fact that the German’s diligent and precise approach is paying dividends.

“Each driver has his own way to prepare,” Wolff told Speed Week.

“One wants to be perfect and is a meticulous worker, while the other relies more on his instinct.

“Sebastian was always a worker, so perhaps he understood earlier on how to get the tyre in the right working window.

“We have to catch up now,” he added.

Wolff denied claims that Hamilton had lost his motivation this season.

“On the contrary,” Wolff insisted.

“Lewis is not a problem but rather a positive influence, and I see him wanting it more than he did last year.

“Also for the team as a whole there will be no problem in this regard,” he concluded.

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