Mercedes hope to lastly ‘unlock the potential that was at all times within the automotive’ in check · RaceFans

Mercedes has given the clearest indication but of the design path it’s pursuing with its new automotive for the 2023 Formulation 1 season.

The eight-times champions fell to 3rd within the standings final 12 months, prompting hypothesis they’d abandon the unconventional ‘zeropod’ design they raced final season. Nevertheless the staff has beforehand hinted it isn’t about to desert the philosophy, indicating it believes the issues which compromised its W13 lay elsewhere.

Now staff principal Toto Wolff has stated the staff will go into pre-season testing this 12 months hoping to lastly extract the efficiency from its distinctive design.

“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 arduous on placing a automotive on the bottom that has addressed all of that,” Wolff informed media together with RaceFans.

“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 automotive.”

Mercedes will launch their W14 on February fifteenth. The only, three-day pre-season check will start in Bahrain eight days later.

He cautioned the staff nonetheless has to considerably enhance its efficiency to get on phrases with dominant 2022 champions Crimson Bull and runners-up Ferrari.

“We’ve little question, if you’re beginning behind by half a second, that it’s going to be tough to catch as much as such nice organisations like Crimson Bull or Ferrari,” stated Wolff.

Wolff stated he’s braced for the chance that Mercedes will start the brand new season as far-off from their closest rivals as they have been in Abu Dhabi two months in the past.

“Having stated that, we’re super-determined in doing simply that, however we have to set our expectations which are sensible stage. If we carry out in the way in which that we hope so then we’d wish to be half within the racing on the very entrance. I feel that may be a place to begin.

“However we don’t take that as a right. It may properly be that the gaps are like they have been on the finish of final season. However I feel there’s a lot potential nonetheless that’s inside our automotive, throughout the idea, the way in which we drive the automotive, et cetera, that perhaps our improvement slope might be steeper within the months to return.”

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