Q: 2018 is the joint-longest season in F1 history with 21 races and there's a triple-header. How is the team approaching such a long season?
TW: "It's very difficult for the team because not only are you doing 21 races, but all of us have a normal day job as well. So, it is pretty stressful for the organisation and pretty stressful for the individuals. I think we shouldn't be going much further than 21 races, also because it is simply diluting the exclusivity of the event. It's not something we are looking ahead and saying 'that's great, let's do 21 or more'. Last year is was 20 (races) and it was already very difficult for the organisation. So, this is what I see as a limit."
Q: Which races are you most looking forward to?
TW: "I like all of them, because I enjoy the competition on the weekend. It sounds a bit boring, but unfortunately we touch down at the airport on a Thursday, head to the circuit and commute between the circuit and the hotel. But, there are special relationships. I am going to miss Malaysia. We have made friends in Malaysia and not going to Kuala Lumpur will be different. We are returning to Germany, which is very important for us at Mercedes and we hope to have many of our colleagues joining us at the race. And I like Monza - I like the Italian lifestyle, the 'dolce vita' and it's a very special Grand Prix. Cycling into the track through the park. Is special. I'm sure I have missed out many others that I enjoy."
Q: What about the challenge of Paul Ricard for the team?
TW: "I know Paul Ricard very well, I raced there myself a lot and obviously in the summer, in the south of France, there are worse places to be."