Wolff says W13’s “concept has the ability for us to race at the front”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says after doing “correlation work” in Barcelona, the team will “decide what are we doing for next year”.

In Friday’s Miami Grand Prix free practice sessions, Mercedes showed promise, with George Russell topping FP2, however on Saturday they seemed to drop down in form.

After the session team boss Toto Wolff said his team’s performance in practice shows there is potential within the W13.

“Yesterday we had a glimpse of the performance that is in the car, if we get in the right spot,” the Austrian said.

“The main thing was, again, managing the porpoising, and that was good yesterday. We tried something that didn’t seem like a big change and affected the car badly, we were all the way back.

“And at the end in qualifying, the drivers suffered again with bouncing. The bouncing has such an effect on the braking zones, on what the tyres are doing, with the consequence that we’re ending up 6th and 12th.”

Wolff then explained what Mercedes’ next steps will be.

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“We believe that our concept has the ability for us to race at the front. But it’s also a sensitive concept and, once it’s in the window, it can function very well.

“But it’s very difficult to get in that window because of the floor obviously being much more exposed than all the other cars.

“We’ll have another set of data tomorrow, and in Barcelona, which will be good for correlation work to the [pre-season] test, to the Barcelona test, with our launch car.

“Then comes a moment where we have to decide what are we doing for next year.

“It doesn’t work like in the old days where we say we’re writing off one season in order to concentrate on the next, because the regulations are the same.

“I just think our understanding grows with every day. We’ve always said this is another experimental weekend, and it is.

“Yesterday was good, today not,” Wolff concluded.

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