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Mercedes F1 Embraces Change, Eyes Future Success

19/02/2024

Amid challenges, Mercedes F1 focuses on retaining key figures like James Allison, aiming for a rebound with the new W15.

Toto Wolff is pleased to see that Mercedes F1 is retaining its most crucial elements despite two challenging seasons. Notably, Lewis Hamilton will leave the team at the end of 2024, but the director points out that Technical Director James Allison has stayed and is committed to Mercedes’ long-term success.

“It’s always positive when senior executives commit, especially someone like James Allison, who is fantastic and brings confidence and stability to the team,” Wolff stated. “I believe this demonstrates that the core strength of the team is preserved.”

Now, Mercedes aims to ensure that the lessons from 2023 are learned and that the new W15 outperforms its predecessor. To achieve this, the team is relying on highly productive Bahrain tests: “We will follow our program during the pre-season tests.”

“We’re not just going to watch the stopwatch, see if some of last year’s issues are better understood, and finally assess how this positions us in relative competition towards the end of testing. But the truth is, only the first qualifications will show.”

“If we stumble, we will get back up”

Mercedes F1 aims to move past two difficult years at the start of the current Formula 1 regulations, and Wolff is confident that the effort put into overcoming these challenges will pay off, whether this year or later.

“There’s a saying, ‘if it hurts, we don’t forget it.’ I believe the last two years have been crucial for us to realign, recalibrate, and reinvent ourselves in certain areas. No sports team has won every championship they’ve entered.”

“That’s a fact. I think we’ve done a lot, but we also knew there would come a time when things would get tougher. And that’s exactly what happened in 2022 and 2023. However, it also means we need to change without discarding everything good in the team.”

“They want to keep the good elements and work on what needs development. This approach is never easy. But we’ve made progress, and we’re looking forward to moving on to the next step with the W15. The path won’t be easy, but if we stumble, we will get back up and continue.”

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