On the eve of the first phase of the season in 2017, which will be held from 24 to 26 March in Melbourne, head of Mercedes Motorsport Toto Wolff told about their expectations from the new regulations in the Royal races and the mood of the team.
“A new era begins. For the first time in the history of Formula 1 rules were changed to make the cars faster. Under new management, which is exploring options for the promotion of sport, – quotes the wolf, the press service of Mercedes. – In our team, as you know, in the offseason, there have been major changes. Without a doubt, the last few months have been challenging, but at the same time interesting.
The aim of the new regulations was to make the new generation of cars the fastest in history. Looking at the test results, we can say that we are close to that. Never before such was not, it is a radical change.
Racers say that a Formula 1 car should be exactly like this. I was on the track and I can say that compared to cars of last year, the impression is very strong. From the point of view of fans, to which I also belong, is really something special.
Lewis and Valtteri are in a great position. Between them a respectful and friendly relationship, judging by the briefings of the team. They are waiting for an interesting challenge, because new cars are very demanding to the physical form. On the tests they estimated overload and know what call to prepare for the new season.
We resolutely await the call associated with the transition to the new regulations. Over the past three years we have achieved great success due to the stability in the rules, but no team has never retained the benefit under such serious changes. In a sense, this is exactly what you need. This challenge will benefit our entire team.
It is important to be careful about expectations, don’t lower them too much, to keep everything under control.
Now everything starts from scratch. On the one hand, this is a chance for any team, and on the other the risk. Suffice it to recall the year 2009, when the championship was won by BrawnGP, before the start of the season on the verge of extinction. Therefore, we begin the season 2017, taking each opponent seriously.
During winter training we have done everything possible, and if not will be the fastest in Melbourne, you will have to seek the answer to the question about what you need to do to return to the first position. We have no problems with motivation and energy, we are ready to accept this challenge.
On the tests in Barcelona we saw that the gaps in the leading group was reduced. Let’s see what happens in Melbourne, as it is unknown what amount of fuel the weight ballast and power worked the rest. As they say, with the start of the race stop all the empty talks”.
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