Toto Wolff insists his Mercedes team should not be written off ahead of the new Formula 1 season. Having won eight constructors’ titles in a row from 2014-2021, the Silver Arrows struggled last year with an underperforming car, coming home third in the Championship behind Red Bull and Ferrari.
Despite issues early on in the season with bouncing and porpoising, Mercedes did manage to secure a win in the penultimate race of the season and optimism is high that Wolff’s team can challenge for the title once more in 2023. “Do not write us off,” Wolff told The Times last week. “In this life, you never stop giving it everything.”On last year’s car, Wolff added: “We got the physics wrong,.
It’s no myth. We misinterpreted some of the regulations. We put too much emphasis on seeking performance in a car that was supposed to run on the ground, very low. “But you can’t run it so low, because it [the floor of the car] was hitting the ground.
So we had to lift it up, which changed things again. It sounds like a trivial explanation, but this is the reality.”While Lewis Hamilton did not win a race - the first time the Brit has gone an F1 season winless - Russell did finish top of the podium in Brazil for his first win in Formula 1.Read more on independent.co.uk