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Wolff: Mercedes drivers refreshed and ready


Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has confirmed both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are raring to go for 2019.


The Silver Arrows will go in-search of an unprecedented feat in Formula 1, as they look to become the first team in history to secure six consecutive double Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns – which would surpass Ferrari’s five between (2000-2004).


Following a low-key winter for both his drivers, Wolff expects “strong competition” between Hamilton and Bottas this year, something which would prove a total contrast to last season.


Hamilton dominated the Finn in 2018 on his way to a fifth title with 11 wins, while Bottas failed to claim a single victory – the first Mercedes driver to suffer such a fate since Michael Schumacher in 2012.


“ Lewis has come back refreshed, arched up, with a lot of muscle and is very hungry.


Wolff went on record to state his beliefs that the new regulations in 2019 were an attempt to slow Mercedes’ progress , but he confirmed that the team’s performances to date have been beyond his wildest dreams.






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