Toto Wolff on 2023 car: “It’s going to be easier next year”

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Toto Wolff says for 2023 Mercedes is “changing some of the architecture and layout of the car, and it should point us in the right direction”.

Mercedes has struggled with its car for most of 2022. Considering how this was the first car made under the budget cap, which was put in place in 2021, Toto Wolff was asked if the team could have done more with extra resources.

“It wouldn’t have made any difference,” the Austrian said on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast.

“We’re not lacking the capability or any tools. It was more that we needed to peel off layer by layer in order to get to the [root] of the problem. It wouldn’t have changed anything.”

Wolff then explained why Mercedes believes they are on the right track for 2023.

“We believe that we solved the underlying problem of the bouncing, but not all that could be done was done was on the 2022 car.

“It’s going to be easier next year, we are changing some of the architecture and layout of the car, and it should point us in the right direction.

“But with these new regulations, sometimes you uncover one problem, and then you realise there was another underneath.

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“We have to be humble and not feel a sense of entitlement that we are going to get back into the championship [fight] and win straight from the get go.”

One of the more innovative elements on Mercedes’ 2022 car was the ‘zero sidepods’ concept, an innovation which didn’t seem to benefit the team when it comes to performance.

However, Toto says he is still proud of the team for thinking outside the box.

“I’m proud of the boldness that we put into this car. When you look at the narrow sidepod concept, it had absolutely nothing to do with the car not performing.

“I’m proud of how we came about finding that design and putting on the car.

“There are many other areas that were really good, a power unit that has really done well throughout the season, and reliability was great too.

“On the chassis side, we had high peak downforce, but we just couldn’t run the car where we would be able to generate it,” Wolff concluded.

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