Toto Wolff says McLaren has “massively caught up” to the ‘big three’

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says McLaren might join Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull at the top of the Formula 1 pyramid.

After years of struggling McLaren has made serious strides forward in 2019 and managed to finish fourth in the championship, behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Wolff believes 2020 won’t be dominated by a single team the same way 2019 was.

“We have always defended the standpoint that by letting the regulations alone, performance convergence would happen – at least there’s a high probability that convergence happens rather than throwing the dice and introducing something new and I think we have seen that,” Wolff said.

“It’s fair to say that there are three teams capable of winning races today and probably winning championships if things are being put together.

“McLaren has massively caught up, probably the steepest performance slope of all teams and will be there or thereabouts, in my opinion.

“So, yeah, I see this very much as being a much tougher season.

“I don’t think we are going to see the kind of 10 race wins or 12 race wins per team for next year any more – but obviously we will be trying everything to optimise our weaknesses and continue to perform well.”

Considering McLaren will sport a Mercedes power unit in 2021, the team could really become a force to be reckoned with in the near future.


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