Toto Wolff: “The car is going to look very different in 5, 6 or 7 races”

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Toto Wolff says Mercedes has decided “which direction to go”, and now they’re “just getting on with it and pushing hard with that one design philosophy”.

Mercedes is currently in the middle of a huge struggle to improve their car, and get back to their winning ways.

Ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the team is now moving full speed ahead in a direction they believe to be right.

“I think that the car is going to look very different in five, six or seven races based on the decisions that we have taken and the development direction that we have embarked on,” the Austrian told Sky Sports F1.

“The moment we decide, which we’ve done, which direction to go, where we want to have the car, we’re just getting on with it and pushing hard with that one design philosophy.”

One problem Mercedes has to deal with is the cost cap. However, Wolff doesn’t think it is the reason for the team’s problems.

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“We all voted for the cost cap to kick in with the aim of establishing a more level playing field.

“We were bitten by that, that’s clear at this stage, but I don’t want to ever say that the cost cap doesn’t allow us to catch back up. It’s more difficult but we simply have to.”

Wolff also says Mercedes has a clear example to follow with their customer team Aston Martin, which managed to accomplish a huge performance leap from 2022 to 2023.

“Why it helps us, they have the whole rear end from our car, the suspension, the engines, the gearbox – all of that.

“So we know there are areas that are really good, that we mustn’t question too much. But it’s other areas where the cars are fundamentally different where we need to set our focus – there is a lot to learn.

“Lawrence [Stroll] has gone through so many difficult years, and now the team is on the up, they’re successful, so it’s for us to learn and not the other way around as it was for many years,” the Austrian concluded.

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