• IN WORDS: No Prizes For Half-Time Champions - Toto

Toto talks Hungary expectations and reaching the halfway point...

'Determination and energy is ever-growing'

F1 has now reached the midway stage of the 2018 season and while we lead both Championships heading to Hungary, there's still a long way to go.

"We've had our fair share of bad luck this season, but it felt like our fortunes turned around in Hockenheim," Toto said.

"A one-two is always a great result; to get it on Mercedes home turf after starting from P2 and P14 on the grid was absolutely incredible. However, in the cold light of day, we also know and recognise that we did not bring the quickest car to Hockenheim.

"We've passed the halfway point of the season and we lead both championships by very close margins.

"Each and every member of our team has worked very hard to make this possible and the determination and energy in our factories seems to be ever-growing.

"We all know that no prizes are given out for half-time champions, so we will keep pushing to improve our performance."

'Another Tough Fight'

The tight and twisty nature of the Hungaroring looks set to produce another close battle between the frontrunning teams.

But, as Toto admits, the German GP once again proved that anything can happen in Formula One.

"Hungary will see another tough fight with both Ferrari and Red Bull," he explained. "It's a high downforce track and on paper they should both be very fast in Budapest.

"However, if there's one thing the German Grand Prix taught us, it's the fact that predictions don't determine race results.

"We will give it everything to go into the summer shutdown with as many points as possible."