Toto Wolff says it’s possible to close the gap to Red Bull by 2024

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes “just need a step that McLaren and Aston Martin have achieved in one go”, and adds “a five tenths update” will get you “back in the game”.

When asked if he believes the gap to Red Bull can be closed by 2024, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said it is possible to make a huge step up in performance with a single upgrade.

“I think where we are, we just need a step that McLaren and Aston Martin have achieved in one go,” the Austrian said.

“It is not making a two tenths update, but a five tenths update and then you’re back in the game. So yeah, I think it’s possible.”

However, Toto added Mercedes is still exploring several development directions.

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“I think we have a few directions. If we would know it would be much easier, but the car is just very unpredictable and lacks grip. So, there are plenty of things that you need to tackle.

“We tend to believe in F1 that there’s a silver bullet that’s going to unlock everything. I think we just need to put components together to make them work together in the car.

“There’s not one topic that I would call out,” Wolff concluded.

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