Off The Grid: It’s tough at the top for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff (VIDEO)

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Put yourself in the shoes of an outsider to Formula One. You notice that Mercedes has been dominating all season long with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and is seemingly on the way to a World Championship.

So, you’d figure their boss, Toto Wolff, has been feeling rather loose ever since it was clear that his squad was going to pummel the competition in the wake of F1’s new technical regulations.

In reality, it hasn’t always been a perfect situation for Wolff this year.

As Hamilton and Rosberg have fought for the championship, they’ve had their share of clashes this season that include a tense Monaco Grand Prix weekend and an on-track incident last month at Spa.

Additionally, both of them have suffered reliability problems – especially glaring considering how strong the Merc package has been in 2014.

Put it all together, and Wolff is not always as relaxed as an outsider may expect.

“Sometimes it looks like a nice place to be, but – of course, this is a luxury problem – but it’s very intense in the team,” Wolff told NBCSN’s Will Buxton during an interview for the latest edition of “Off The Grid” in Singapore.

“For the first time, we have the possibility of winning the World Championship in 60 years with two drivers fighting strongly…I wouldn’t want to change it for the world, but still, it’s not always easy.”

Wolff also discussed how he considers the big picture of the championship, his own passion for racing, and the unique situation of having his spouse – Williams test driver Susie Wolff – drive for the competition.

You can see his interview with Buxton in the clip above, and you can watch the premiere of “Off The Grid: Singapore” this Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN following coverage of the Russian Grand Prix.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”