Mercedes CEO and crew principal Toto Wolff is assured that the Silver Arrows have the potential to return to their successful days in 2023. The eight-time world champions endured a fairly underwhelming season final 12 months.
Wolff admitted that the crew has understood the place the automobile lacked by way of efficiency over the previous season. Though, he believes, the true potential of the W-14 will solely be made obvious after the primary spherical of testing, which Mercedes actually anticipate to go easily.
As reported by RaceFans, the Austrian stated:
“I feel now we have understood how we fell again and the place the shortcomings are, the place now we have gaps in understanding or had gaps in understanding and we’re working exhausting on placing a automobile on the bottom that has addressed all of that. However we’ll solely see when beginning testing whether or not now we have unlocked the potential that we consider has at all times been within the automobile.”
Mercedes had been the one crew outdoors the highest two to safe a race win in 2022, and completed the season third within the constructors’ championship.
Wolff admitted that Ferrari and Crimson Bull are going to proceed being severe threats within the upcoming season. Sharing his expectations concerning the competitors within the 12 months forward, Wolff added:
“We’ve got little doubt, once you’re beginning behind by half a second, that it’s going to be troublesome to catch as much as such nice organisations like Crimson Bull or Ferrari. Having stated that, we’re super-determined in doing simply that, however we have to set our expectations which are practical degree. If we carry out in the best way that we hope, so then we’d prefer to be half within the racing on the very entrance. I feel that will be a place to begin.
“However we don’t take that as a right. It may nicely be that the gaps are like they had been on the finish of final season. However I feel there’s a lot potential nonetheless that’s inside our automobile, inside the idea, the best way we drive the automobile, et cetera, that possibly our improvement slope could be steeper within the months to come back.”
Mercedes can be launching the W-14 on the fifteenth of February, 2023.
“You’ll be able to’t purchase expertise” – George Russell displays on first season with Mercedes
After three years at Williams, George Russell made fairly the impression in his first 12 months at Mercedes. There, the Briton claims to have discovered a lot, particularly from his teammate Lewis Hamilton.
As reported by GP Followers, the 24-year-old described the impression of getting a seven-time world champion as a teammate.
“You’ll be able to’t purchase expertise, so having that likelihood to be within the storage subsequent to him and sit reverse him within the engineer’s workplace might be serving to me achieve a number of years of expertise.”
“It’s possibly making up for my three years the place I used to be attempting to guide the crew at Williams once I really had little or no expertise in that regard.”
George Russell secured his first race win for Mercedes final season on the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, whereas Lewis Hamilton didn’t take the highest step of the rostrum all 12 months lengthy.