Title Fight is Far Better than 2017: Wolff

Leslie Hanson
April 26, 2018

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

Commenting on his YouTube channel, Rosberg said: "When he comes back, he comes back so damn strong that he's nearly unbeatable - so let's see when that happens".

Hamilton and Mercedes are desperate to get back to winning ways and the Briton issued a rallying cry to motivate the team ahead of the race in Azerbaijan on Sunday.

While the Australian GP was boring, Bahrain proved to be a thriller while China started slow and ended with a bang and a barrage of passes - some more successful than others. "He is the best driver, in my opinion, but also the best ones have days where it is just not 100%".

"I think that's because there may have been imperfect calls before but with such a performance advantage you don't really see them".

"We're definitively facing a big challenge but we're up for it - we know we can still improve many areas and it's just a matter of time before we get everything flawless and the win will come". "But that was nothing compared to the intensity of the contest this year".

"The 2018 Formula One season is set to be a celebration of everything we love about motor racing".

Nine points behind Vettel in the Drivers' standings, the Brit reckons Mercedes have fallen to third in the pecking order, however, the high speeds along the 2.1km pit straight in Bak, during which drivers are at full throttle for over 20 seconds, should play to the strengths of Mercedes' W09 and its power unit.

"Three teams are fighting fiercely for race wins".

Wolff added: "Both Red Bull and Ferrari will do everything they can to beat us".

This year, however, it is a different story. Now it's two in a row where the win has been so close. He hopes another Baku win could help him cement his future. Vettel deliberately drove into Hamilton in a road-rage incident and Ricciardo won from 18th on the grid after a series of crashes, incidents and safety-car periods.

"I want to be in the best vehicle and I proved in China that if I've got the machinery, I can do the job".

But the streets of the Azerbaijani capital have witnessed an eventful race before and, if the opening three rounds of this season are anything to go by, they might just do again.

For Wolff, it all wraps up to mean that the fans are in for a classic season and "an incredible battle in which every detail counts and with an outcome that no-one can predict". "But it's not been ideal in the first three races, not winning".

Since 1990, 13 drivers have achieved the feat and all took the championship.

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