Executive Director during winter testing. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff admits that he would regard it as a failure if Mercedes does not win the 2014 World Championship – although he insists that the team’s advantage is not as big as outsiders might think.

“I don’t see it as a big advantage, to be honest,” he said. “You can see if you have a DNF, you lose points. McLaren is leading the constructors’, So we cannot pause in the whole thing. Yes, we have a little bit of a margin at the moment, and losing that margin now is something that I would consider as a failure.”

Wolff says that the team has to keep on pushing, and not rest on its laurels.

“The good thing is that we are very integrated, it’s not that you work on reliability and not on the other parts. The whole thing is so much integrated, and the guys work with each other so well that, yes, we have to continue to work on reliability, but equally drive performance. You need to add downforce to the car, you need to make all the systems work with each other, you need to improve on cooling, you need to improve the whole package of the car.

“You have to look on yourself, and improve everything, and improve the organization, and improve the car. Whether you are ahead or behind, it doesn’t change the approach.”

He acknowledged that the next race is a big challenge: “I guess that all the teams are fighting with cooling at the moment. We tend to find out every test or race weekend that we are going into, that it’s more challenging than expected, so I guess Malaysia will be quite a big challenge to manage heat.”

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