George Russell, Saudi Arabian GP 2023
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Toto Wolff insists he’s not embarrassed about being “clear” as Mercedes vows to scrap its distinctive automotive idea after simply two races in 2023.
“That is what we have been doing for the final ten years, win or lose,” the crew boss mentioned.
“Our supporters wish to know the reality – we’ve nothing to cover. The information isn’t so good however we’ve to proceed to speak.”
The ‘information’, after all, is that Mercedes – and Ferrari – seem to have even fallen behind Aston Martin of their pursuit of the dominant Purple Bull crew.
“It appears to be like like we might be dominant,” Max Verstappen’s father Jos advised the Dutch publication Formule 1.
“You see how simply they drive away – a second sooner,” he added. “Can that be caught up this 12 months? I do not know.
“However it’s not like we’ll stand nonetheless, will we? We’ll additionally include updates.”
And so, true to Wolff’s coverage of transparency, he’s not hiding that an up to date Mercedes will quickly look way more like a Purple Bull or Aston Martin.
“You may name it a Purple Bull or Aston Martin idea,” the Mercedes crew boss mentioned. “Even when it appears to be like like a double-decker bus, we’ll nonetheless go for it to make it quick.
“We might even put a Purple Bull sticker on it if they need us to,” Wolff smiled.
He admitted, nevertheless, that he is not precisely positive when the Purple Bull-style Mercedes will see gentle of day.
“It may be a protracted course of earlier than we will problem Purple Bull,” mentioned Wolff, “nevertheless it’s a extremely enjoyable course of to come back again.”
In some methods, as a result of Mercedes is now in a position to swap ideas, the German crew’s scenario appears to be like even higher than Ferrari’s – whose boss Frederic Vasseur insists that the fundamental automotive ‘idea’ is sound.
As was the case in Bahrain, nevertheless, good qualifying tempo translated solely to excessive tyre degradation within the race in Saudi Arabia.
“Unacceptable,” Frenchman Vasseur mentioned. “We have to perceive and proper it as quickly as attainable.
“I simply cannot think about a automotive going to the entrance row in qualifying and within the race it does not go wherever.”
Carlos Sainz, sixth on the flag forward of Charles Leclerc, mentioned Purple Bull, Aston Martin and even Mercedes had been “clearly sooner”.
“I assumed earlier than the weekend that we had our issues beneath management higher,” mentioned the Spaniard. “However the efficiency wasn’t okay at this time.
“We’ll have to attend for upgrades. We had been the fourth automotive on the observe when it comes to velocity.”