Toto Wolff: “I think there’s so much potential still that’s within our car”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says “we will only see when starting testing whether we have unlocked the potential that we believe has always been in the car”.

After a difficult 2022, the Mercedes fanbase has big expectations for 2023 – everybody wants to see the team back in the championship title fight.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, however, is careful when making predictions.

“I think we have understood how we fell back and where the shortcomings are, where we have gaps in understanding or had gaps in understanding and we’re working hard on putting a car on the ground that has addressed all of that,” the Austrian said.

“But we will only see when starting testing whether we have unlocked the potential that we believe has always been in the car.”

Toto then warned that Mercedes could still be behind Red Bull and Ferrari when the 2023 season starts, but he believes they are on the right path.


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“We have no doubt, when you’re starting behind by half a second, that it’s going to be difficult to catch up to such great organisations like Red Bull or Ferrari.

“Having said that, we are super-determined in doing just that, but we need to set our expectations that are realistic level.

“If we perform in the way that we hope so then we’d like to be part in the racing at the very front. I think that would be a starting point.

“But we don’t take that for granted. It could well be that the gaps are like they were at the end of last season.

“But I think there’s so much potential still that’s within our car, within the concept, the way we drive the car, et cetera, that maybe our development slope can be steeper in the months to come,” Wolff concluded.

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