Mercedes wants to leave “no man’s land”, still believes in W13’s concept

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Toto Wolff says the fact that Mercedes’ gap to Ferrari and Red Bull remains the same is “a huge annoyance”, but they still believe in the W13’s current concept.

After being basically in the same spot at the Monaco Grand Prix, as they were in previous race, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the team is annoyed by not being able to close the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.

“I think we are the third team,” the Austrian said.

“We’re not second and we’re not fourth. We have two extremely strong drivers, but it is a huge annoyance for all of us that that the gap is about the same.

“If you’re looking at it optimistically, it’s five tenths. If you’re looking at it pessimistically, it’s more than eight tenths. And that is clearly for all of us at Mercedes not acceptable.

“I think we’re learning at the moment at every track. Literally every kilometre that we’re doing is an important lesson on how we can improve the car, to be honest.

“But we just need to get out of this no man’s land in which we are at the moment.”

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Asked if despite this failure to close the gap, Mercedes believes in their current car concept, Wolff said:

“If you want to change concept, you need to understand what’s going to make a new concept faster than the current one. And I think if we would have known, we would have done it.

“At the moment it is still very much believing in the structure and organization, and trying to bring development and understanding in order to increase the pace of the car.

“I think we just need to continue to just grind away and then, if decisions for next year need to be taken that can’t be changed on the current car, whether it’s architecture or aerodynamically, then yeah, these decisions need to happen.

“But we’re not at that point yet,” the Austrian concluded.

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