Toto Wolff: “It doesn’t make any sense to bring updates”

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes is “still at the same place” when it comes to unlocking the “aerodynamic potential” of their car, so bringing updates would just ‘confuse’ them “even more”.

After the Australian Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the team is not any closer to solving the issues they have with the W13.

“I think we’re just learning the car, we’re learning the tyres,” the Austrian explained.

“Nothing we did this weekend has unlocked the aerodynamic potential or has reduced the bouncing. We’re still at the same place.

“And that’s why it doesn’t make any sense to bring updates, because you’re confusing yourself even more.

“Maybe it’s the fact the more downforce you bring, the worse the bouncing gets. So we are still learning,” Wolff concluded.

George Russell also confirmed Mercedes is not planning any significant updates soon.

“Unfortunately, there’s nothing substantial in the pipeline anytime soon,” the Briton said.

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“It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s going to take a number of races. I think there’ll be little things, there’ll be incremental steps but we recognise that our rivals are going to be doing the same.

“So it may not be clear to the outside world that we’ve made progress because Ferrari and Red Bull are going to be making progress as well.”

However, George has confidence that Mercedes will ultimately be able to solve its issues and join the fight at the front.

“I’d love to say we’ve made a lot of progress but I think we’ve got to look at the lap times and we haven’t closed the gap at all to these guys [Ferrari and Red Bull].

“We know we’ve got a lot of work to do but I have faith that we can get there. We know the potential is in the car.

“And we’ve got a lot of work to do to extract that performance. It won’t happen overnight; it won’t happen in the next race, but I do think in time we will get there.

“So, for the time being, if we keep picking up these results, it’s keeping us in the mix,” Russell concluded.

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