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Experience over the past few years has shown that in Formula 1 -Hacking order firstand then nothing comes for a long time. The first pursuer has always been Red Bull. And Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also expects this in 2021: "Red Bull is definitely the first competitor to be reckoned with."
At '' he analyzes: "The team has resources similar to ours and a very ambitious team; with Max (Verstappen; editor's note), a young pilot who tries to follow in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton and with Sergio Perez certainly a driver who can also regularly score points in the constructors' championship. "
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That's why Wolffas "the first competitor". "But you mustn't write off all the others. Especially at Ferrari it's not quite so clear how much they can catch up. And the other three, four will make our lives a bit more difficult this year," he looks ahead.
In this respect, the Mercedes team boss believes that the field will move closer together and that there will be even less room for mistakes: "If it's not about victory, then it will be about podium positions. Of course, you can no longer afford to do anything wrong Otherwise you can be sixth or seventh very quickly. "
When asked about Red Bull newcomer Perez, Wolff comments: "Sergio has been driving a Mercedes engine for many years. Of course, he knows the engine's performance potential and also the different modes that can be driven. He will provide this input Honda can certainly give. "
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"But even he as a driver who was brought into the team at the time will not change much about the overall performance of the unit or how the engine can be fine-tuned so that it works and the energy is available at the right time ", the Formula 1 team boss points out.
"Nonetheless, he knows how the Mercedes engine works and that will be an interesting input for Honda."in the past that the choice fell on Perez because the Mexican had always been on the road with a Mercedes engine in the rear since 2013.
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