Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says “at the end it comes back to the sentence, ‘The days we lose are the days our competitors will regret’, because we learn the most.
After eight years of dominance, in 2022 Mercedes was not able to produce a front-running car. However, Toto Wolff says the team was aware that a drop in form was inevitable at some point.
“We talked about it these last eight years, how we would react if that were to happen, how would we cope with losing?” the Austrian said on the Beyond the Grid podcast.
“Inevitably we knew that one day it’s going to happen, and here we are.
“In terms of performance, you can say after eight consecutive constructors’ titles, coming out of the blocks being half a second off, and I’m being rather on the optimistic side, was certainly something you needed to get used to.”
Toto adds he was proud of how the team was able to recover, and even win a race in the second half of the season.
“I’m particularly proud of the team, how we have recovered through the season, because it wasn’t a one-race blip. It wasn’t that there was a clear trajectory that was going up only
“We had good races and then we fell back. At the end, I think we’re much closer to our rivals, the front-running cars, than we were at the beginning.
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“At the end it comes back to the sentence, ‘The days we lose are the days our competitors will regret’, because we learn the most. Hopefully the future will be proof of that.”
Ultimately, Wolff says he believes Mercedes has an organization in place that will help them get back to the top.
“I’m always a half empty glass guy, and I see the risks. As a matter of fact, if you’re trying to be logical, Red Bull was very dominant throughout the season.
“It’s going to be very difficult to have a development slope that is steeper than theirs, and also Ferrari. But I believe in the organisation.
“With our learnings, the values in the team, the empowerment and the no blame culture, I think we will be back in a more potent form next year, hopefully winning races on merit and fighting for the championship.
“But is it a given? Certainly not,” he concluded.