Mercedes started the season badly, and the results they achieved in the first two races are far from their ambitions. They are aware that they have to change something. Rumors about them have already started. Namely, it seems that Mercedes wants to change its philosophy and now develop a car that could be a replica of Red Bull's or Aston Martin's car.
Toto Wolff reacted to such rumours: “I don’t know, you can call it [a] Red Bull or Aston Martin concept, [but] at the end, if it looks like an English double-decker bus, we would do it if it was fast. Put a little sticker, Red Bull, if they want to have it on.
It’s just about raw performance. We have no dogma on who invented it”. - he said, as quoted by crash.net Wolff also revealed how long it will take them to modify the current model. “We are making big elephant steps.
It will be a long time before it’s adequate to challenge Red Bull, but it’s a super fun journey to climb back”.
Toto Wolff is optimistic
The most important thing is that Toto is an optimist. He believes that his team can do a lot.
They are already working on a large number of changes. "The question is, what is your benchmark? If you look at the Red Bulls, they’re just so quick, that I think we understand the car more is what I meant. I’m looking optimistic in the future because we just need to put it in a different window.
We’re changing the bodywork of the car, how the floor works, all of these things mechanically. We’re looking at certain areas, and the team in Brackley is just flat-out and that is really nice to see that we can monetise on the Sundays on that”.
The F1 cost cap could create a big problem for Mercedes. However, Wolff does not think about it and believes that he will not have any problems. “It’s not such a big problem because we are not developing two different concepts because we’re not quite sure.
We are going one direction fully committed, so that doesn’t change anything. Obviously if you are one second behind, it’s a long way to catch up. But we are banking on that logic, let’s see what the reality will show”.
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