November 15, 2023 10:23
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff partially disagrees with his driver Lewis Hamilton. While Hamilton has suggested earlier this season that it will be difficult to catch Red Bull before Formula 1’s rules change in 2026, Wolff is determined to break the reigning champion team’s hegemony as quickly as possible.
Since the rule changes in 2022, Red Bull has been the dominant team in F1, with Max Verstappen making the most of it, taking an impressive 32 wins in 42 GPs since the start of last season. Wolff recognizes that, historically, when a team understands the regulations well from the beginning, they tend to lead the category for a long time.
“We are doing our best to break this cycle. We had five years of dominance by Ferrari, then a phase by Red Bull, and then it was us eight times in a row. Now it is the second Constructors’ Championship for Red Bull, or the third drivers’ championship with a very good driver. With everything we have, in the factory and on the track, we are trying to develop a car and an execution that is the best possible, and we have a next regulatory engine cycle in 2026, so we have to change that,” the Austrian told Bloomberg.
Wolff also highlighted that the Mercedes team is no longer focused on the 2023 car, the W14, and attention has been focused on the W15 for next year for some time. “Yes, we have been focused on this for a while. We are still fighting for second place in the Constructors’ Championship this year. We’re second at the moment, and Ferrari is behind us, so it’s interesting. But in the end, second or third place doesn’t matter. In all humility, we have to fight for the lead, and that is why many months ago we already made the transition to the new car”, concluded Wolff.
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