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Ferrari and Crimson Bull went on downward spirals after their Formulation 1 title eras ended and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says: “We’re that and pondering… we higher watch out”; Wolff says 2022 much less painful than 2021 regardless of poor kind, because of the Abu Dhabi finale

Final Up to date: 29/11/22 1:49pm

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has urged his workforce to be “cautious” to keep away from the post-title slumps suffered by Crimson Bull and Ferrari, however has reiterated that 2022 – which he insists was much less painful than 2021 – was essential to “re-energise” the Formulation 1 powerhouse.

Mercedes’ record-breaking run of eight straight championships got here to a crushing finish in 2022, with the Silver Arrows dropping to 3rd within the standings and solely managing one race victory all season.

Such a fall from grace led to Wolff dealing with questions after the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP if Mercedes had been anxious about their future as a top-running workforce – with Ferrari (with no title since 2008) and Crimson Bull (trophy-less from 2013 to 2021) having struggled within the seasons after their championship eras ended.

“In fact we’re speaking about it, we’re analysing what are the explanations the groups that dominated previously all of the sudden misplaced efficiency?” responded Wolff.

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Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff was in a despondent temper after Lewis Hamilton was compelled to retire and George Russell completed fifth in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes workforce principal Toto Wolff was in a despondent temper after Lewis Hamilton was compelled to retire and George Russell completed fifth in Abu Dhabi

“You may see with Ferrari, they misplaced the entire high management and a key driver… I believe that is one thing you’ll be able to hint again.

“With Crimson Bull, it was a basic scenario that the ability unit regulation modified the other way up, and no works deal. So basic parameters modified.

“We’re that and pondering… we higher watch out. A season has passed by in a heartbeat and we will not let it occur to look again on the finish of subsequent season and the one after, saying ‘that is bitter’.”

Wolff added that he was assured Mercedes would “keep away from the errors”.

“We now have the identical organisation, the identical functionality, the identical funding,” he mentioned. “The opposite pillars are nonetheless in place.”

Wolff on ‘obligatory’ 2022 and looking forward to ’23

Mercedes additionally imagine a season resembling 2022 was key to them reaching future success.

“We’re 100 per cent certain that this was a yr that was obligatory for us to re-energise and re-motivate the workforce,” defined Wolff. “This has once more introduced us right down to the bottom, made us respect the way you win and likewise perceive how troublesome it’s to get better.

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Nico Rosberg says will probably be the ‘final problem’ for George Russell to complete forward of Lewis Hamilton for a second successive season

Nico Rosberg says will probably be the ‘final problem’ for George Russell to complete forward of Lewis Hamilton for a second successive season

“We have began the 100 metre dash 10 metres behind everybody… so we have simply obtained to run quicker. This organisation has all it is wanted to run quicker.”

Mercedes might be aiming to bounce again subsequent season, notably in opposition to Crimson Bull after their whopping 205-point title victory.

“There is not any worry, however we should be sharp.” mentioned Wolff.

“I am a glass half-empty man. I am undecided in any respect we are able to bounce again to a place the place we are able to struggle for championships.

“You might want to acknowledge that the competitors is robust however we’ll do all the things in our energy to set our targets and attempt to beat them.”

‘2021 much less painful than 2022’

Wolff additionally insists 2022 was much less painful than the 2021 season, when Mercedes had a title-winning automobile however had Lewis Hamilton being denied the drivers’ crown to Max Verstappen in a controversial Abu Dhabi GP finale.

Requested which of the 2 seasons had been extra painful, the workforce principal mentioned: “Final yr, with none doubt.

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Lewis Hamilton says the struggles Mercedes have confronted with the automobile this yr will ‘present the instruments and energy’ to struggle for extra championships sooner or later

Lewis Hamilton says the struggles Mercedes have confronted with the automobile this yr will ‘present the instruments and energy’ to struggle for extra championships sooner or later

“Final yr was robust and the way it ended… it is uncontrolled. It was the primary time I had misplaced management since I used to be an adolescent and in my sense of equity, that was completely in opposition to my values.

“This yr was not as peaky when it comes to the feelings as a result of we knew from the get-go that the automobile was simply not ok.

“We all know it was our doing… Abu Dhabi wasn’t. We knew we obtained it fallacious. We’re aware others did an excellent job, and that is an absolute meritocracy the way it labored out. That is OK.”

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