To try to get back on top of a season certainly not started along the lines of the last ones, the Mercedes had introduced for the S raceilverstone of the weekend of July 16-18 a advanced aerodynamic package on the W12. The work of the team’s engineers concentrated on the center of the car and on the bottom and in the lap of two grand prix – thanks to the accidents involving Max Verstappen and Red Bull – the men of Toto Wolff took back the leadership of both classifications. world cup. But the Austrian manager himself, although always determined by a ferocious will to win, has repeatedly stressed the need to concentrate the efforts of his team on the 2022 car and not to be able to dedicate further time in the factory to the development of the current car.
And so the evolution seen last month in Great Britain will be the last to be mounted on the W12, according to the latest statements by Toto Wolff, team principal, co-owner and executive director of the team: “We will not bring any further aerodynamic updates until the end of the year. We have been interrupting developments for months, the one assembled in Great Britain was conceived in the spring. These changes worked well and improved our performance“, Said the Austrian manager, who showed confidence for the season finale. In the interview granted to Autosprint, Wolff stressed the importance of presenting himself at an adequate level in 2022: “If you are behind at the beginning of the year, it could take a very long time to close the gap from the competition“, Underlined the number one of the Mercedes wall.
Certainly the words of the 49-year-old from Vienna do not marry those released a few days ago by Valtteri Bottas, who had ensured the arrival of new updates by the end of the season.
FP | Stefano Ollanu
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