Toto Wolff, the F1 team principal of Mercedes-AMG, has a strong belief in his team's ability to regain competitiveness and challenge Red Bull in the next season. He draws inspiration from the recent progress achieved by McLaren and Aston Martin, seeing it as a catalyst for Mercedes' own resurgence. Mercedes had previously won eight consecutive constructors' championships, but they struggled to adapt to the new ground effect era of Formula 1 in 2022 and are currently working hard to go back to winning ways. Second in the constructors' championship, Mercedes-AMG is 310 points behind the defending champions Red Bull, who have won every race since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix of 2022. After seeing Aston Martin's massive improvements in 2023 and McLaren's sizable midseason upgrade package which was introduced in Austria, Toto Wolff is certain that the team can make the necessary jump over the winter.
F1: What did Toto Wolff Say?
When Wolff was asked whether Mercedes can compete with Red Bull in 2024, he replied “From where we are, we just need a step like McLaren and Aston Martin have achieved in one go, not a two-tenths upgrade but a five-tenths upgrade to get back into the game, so yes I think it is possible.”
He further added, “I think we have a few directions. If we would know it would be much easier. The car is very unpredictable and lacks grip, so plenty of things we need to tackle. We tend to think in F1 that there’s a silver bullet that will unlock everything. We just need to put all the components together to make them work together in the car, so not one thing I would call out.”
Although the 2023 Mercedes team has improved greatly from the 2022 season, they are still more than 300 points (310 pts) behind the current leader, Red Bull, who should win both the drivers' and constructors' titles this season barring any unanticipated events.
F1: Wolff Says, 'Mick Deserves to be on the Grid'
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has discussed the future prospects of the team’s reserve driver Mick Schumacher, arguing that the youngster deserves another shot on the F1 grid as he has not yet been able to show his “high potential” in the sport. Schumacher started his F1 journey with Haas in 2021 and 2022 but was replaced in the hot seat by fellow German Nico Hulkenberg for the 2023 season and subsequently took on a back-up role at the Silver Arrows.
For Schumacher, Wolff said, “I think he deserves to be on the grid. The moment you’re not feeling confident in a car for a long period, the more pressure you put on yourself, the less good you perform, and I think this happened at Haas.
While the majority of seats on the 2024 grid have already been confirmed, some are yet to be firmed up, and Schumacher – who previously spoke of some interest in his services – is keen to secure a return to action. As the so-called ‘silly season’ rumbles on, Wolff was asked about Schumacher’s options and specifically a possible opening at Williams, with the Grove outfit yet to confirm whether Logan Sargeant will remain alongside Alex Albon for a second term.