Toto Wolff says Mercedes stopped developing their 2020 car

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Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff says the team finished working on updates for the W11 “a long time ago” and is now focusing resources on its 2021 car.

Since Mercedes holds a significant points advantage over its competitors, Wolff says the team is “deploying the strategy we believe is right” and focusing its resources on its 2021 car. This means Mercedes expects its competition to catch up to them by the end of 2020.

“We finished them a long time ago,” Wolff said when asked about updates for Mercedes’ 2020 car – the W11.

“That has always been in the past what we looked at, it’s a thoroughly thought through decision because not in every championship can you afford to close the book early.

“But the rules change quite a lot for next year and in that respect we decided to, like in the previous years, to switch to next year’s car.

“This is why you can see that shifting performance between the teams.

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“I think we always have a very strong start and middle of the season and then whoever continues to develop is strong at the end.”

Wolff also said the team must keep its focus on performance and not on points or accolades.

“When you think too much about points, race wins or championships you’re getting distracted,” explained the Austrian.

“I think you need to be as good and as close to perfection in every single session, and then try to score as many points as possible in the race.

“And that’s why you must not look too much at what could be, but just concentrate on the task in front of you,” concluded Wolff.


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