The German producer has endured a tough 2023 marketing campaign the place, regardless of ending second within the constructors’ championship, it proved to be no match for the dominant Pink Bull staff.
It realised early on that it had made a incorrect choice with its automotive’s aero platform however, regardless of making major changes from the Monaco GP, it was not sufficient to get again to the entrance.
The staff has lengthy been open that it’s going to embark on a brand new design course for 2024, however staff boss Toto Wolff has now revealed the size of the overhaul that’s being labored on in Brackley.
“We are altering the idea,” mentioned Wolff. “We’re utterly shifting away from how we laid out the chassis, the burden distribution, the airflow.
“I imply, actually, there’s virtually each element that is being modified as a result of solely by doing that, I believe we have now an opportunity.
“We might get it incorrect additionally. So, between not gaining what we count on, to catching up and making a giant step and competing within the entrance, the whole lot is feasible.”
Requested if there was a way of optimism or scepticism in regards to the new automotive design being sufficient to get Mercedes again to the entrance, Wolff mentioned: “ I’ve by no means in my life felt optimistic about something.
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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W14, Sergio Perez, Pink Bull Racing RB19
“It could sound a bit depressing, nevertheless it’s protected me about managing my expectations and simply pushing tougher. As a result of I believe it is by no means ok. That is why I sit right here with a bittersweet feeling. We gained P2 [in the constructors’ championship], however we misplaced P1.”
Whereas Mercedes was in a position to have fun ending runner-up within the constructors’ championship finally weekend’s Abu Dhabi GP, Wolff mentioned there remained some combined feelings in regards to the marketing campaign.
Requested by Autosport if ending the 12 months second was one thing to have fun or transfer on from, Wolff mentioned: “I believe we have to take it on the chin, be humble about it and take into account it a great day. Nonetheless, there is a Mount Everest to climb as a way to meet up with Pink Bull.
“I’ve little doubt that McLaren goes to be proper within the combine subsequent 12 months, and possibly Aston Martin and possibly others.
“We should depart no stone unturned, which we do in Brixworth and Brackley. And as powerful as it’s to be reminded that it is simply P2, it is also an important, nice alternative to come back again and attempt for the celebs.”