“We must prove our ability to react”- Toto Wolff demands a comeback from his team after shocking pre-season testing in Bahrain.
Mercedes didn’t have an ideal outing at the pre-season testing this year, but they are far from losing the season, as hardly ever they have shown their actual might during this phase.
Toto Wolff, who has led the team through success in all these years, has demanded his team to react to the situation to enable their comeback before the first Grand Prix.
“It feels like we have spent quite some time in Bahrain recently and with mixed fortunes,” said Wolff. “Overall, it was a tricky three days of testing for us. The W12 wasn’t as stable, predictable or planted as some of our rivals.”
“Red Bull looked strong on both the long and short runs, but as always, with testing, it’s difficult to be certain of true performance. The only thing we know for sure is that we must prove our ability to react.
“From the moment the third day of testing finished, we got our heads down and started to figure out how we can return to Bahrain in stronger form in just a few days.”
The new regulations will not be excuses.
Mercedes easily seems to be the biggest victim of the new downforce regulation and budget caps, as the former rule is not sitting well with their gains and giving them a floor instability.
“While these cars share some parts from their predecessors, there have also been significant rule changes to interpret and overcome,” added Wolff.
“We have also had to change the way we work in response to the cost cap. But as we have found before, it’s from the difficult moments that we learn the most.”
“This team’s biggest strengths are our people and our values, and after a tough test, I know that we can fight back stronger.”