Toto Wolff says the Mercedes W13 is “going to go in the caves”

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Amid season-long car troubles, Toto Wolff says the W13 is not going into the “Mercedes-Benz Museum”, instead “maybe it’s going to go in the caves”.

Mercedes has been having a lot of issues with its 2022 car, which appear to have gotten worse after the summer break.

Although they seemed to close the gap to the frontrunners with each race, at the Belgian Grand Prix Mercedes was again firmly behind.

After Saturday’s qualifying, Lewis Hamilton said he will not miss the W13 after the season is over, and on Sunday after the race Toto Wolff was asked if he agrees.

“That car I don’t think is going to have the highest place in the Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart,” the Austrian said.

“Maybe it’s going to go in the caves,” he joked.

Wolff then said tough decisions will need to be made in the coming weeks, regarding Mercedes’ 2023 challenger.

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“It’s a very difficult situation because we obviously have a certain concept of a car. It’s not like we can experiment a lot this year and simply dial stuff out and test.

“So whatever we decide for next year needs to be carefully evaluated because clearly, our data doesn’t give us the results, doesn’t correlate with the reality, and we have massive swings in performance that we can’t really get on top of.

“In this very moment to take a decision for next year, whatever it may be, changing the concept dramatically, how can we be sure that that’s the better direction to go because clearly, we will be starting way back?

“Now that is going to be part of the decisions, the discussions we’ve had already, in the upcoming few weeks of what do we want to do about it,” Toto concluded.

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