At Mercedes’ Silverstone test team boss Toto Wolff said he wasn’t “looking forward” to racing back in March, but is now motivated again.
Today Mercedes performed their first on-track test since the F1 season was postponed back in March. At the test Toto Wolff talked about the challenges the delayed 2020 season brings.
“At least we know that we are going back to racing for the next few months,” said Wolff.
“It’s a solid European calendar, and everybody back in in Brackley and Brixworth is happy that we can finally get back on track. We love the competition, and we missed that.
“It is a challenge. We are all aware why that is, but I think we owe it to our fans to give them racing and come up with a good show.
“Of course it will be heavy for all of us, doing triple-headers, not being able to go home, but it’s these special circumstances.”
The Austrian adds it is hard to predict which team will come out on top once the season starts.
“The time is very limited to work on the cars, we’ve barely had five weeks when we can do something.
“Of course, we will try to improve. Maybe bring an upgrade that would have been planned anyway for that time of the year.
“It’s going to be more of a live testing experience, rather than running it in previous races, in free practice sessions.
“So very exciting, very new. A curveball that is thrown at all of us. And may the best man win.”
However one thing is for certain, Wolff is more motivated now than he was when the season was originally scheduled to start back in March.
“When we went racing in Australia I didn’t look forward to it, because I had six so intense seasons fighting for world championships, so that the mental exhaustion was still there.
“When it got cancelled obviously we didn’t know what happened, and I’m very happy now, because we’ve been starved of F1 and I’m very much looking forward to going back to racing.
“In a way sadly there will be not a lot of fans, and not a lot of media, but it’s been reduced to what I love the most, and that is the competition,” concluded Wolff.
Mercedes also posted a video of the Austrian sending a message to fans:
THANK YOU ❤🙏 Toto's got a message to all of you! 👇 pic.twitter.com/5XosSAgy7I
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 9, 2020
Source: Sky Sports F1