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Mercedes set to focus on 2014

Mercedes set to have more than half of its team working on 2014 F1 challenger by next month
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has revealed that the German marque is already preparing to start switching focus towards its 2014 challenger – despite the fact that the 2013 F1 season has yet to return to European soil.

Mercedes has enjoyed a strong start to the new campaign with pole positions in both China and Bahrain and two podium finishes so far for Lewis Hamilton.

While that has shown the potential of the F1 W04, Mercedes is already hard at work on its 2014 car, with more than half of its workforce set to be working on the new machine by next month.

With new engine rules coming into play next year, Wolff insisted that the new cars would be the major focus for most teams by the middle of the summer, with Mercedes being no exception.

“We're already working on 2014 and we'll gradually raise the percentage of people working on next year's car,” he told the official F1 website. “I would say that in May we will reach a point where more than 50 per cent will work on the 2014 car.

“There is no doubt that at a point in the summer everybody will switch their main resources to the 2014 car, as this is a very complex and complicated machine. Of course it all depends on where you are in the standings. Those who are fighting for the title will of course concentrate longer on this year's car.”

Looking at the season to date, Wolff admitted he was pleased with the way Mercedes was performing although he said he keen to see it translate some of its Saturday performance into race day results.

“If you look at our races so far we've had two pole positions and finished twice in P3 - that translates to a very solid upward movement through hard work,” he said. “Yes, we have to consolidate our race results, but our two guys in the cockpit and our engineers and mechanics are doing a top job and I think what must be on our agenda now is to dovetail all elements a bit better - then we will have the race results we want. It sure is nice to have a pleasant Saturday evening, but I would settle much more for a great Sunday evening!

“[By the end of the year] I want to be among the four top teams in the constructors' championship and have a driver among the top four as well.”




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19.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
19.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04
21.04.2013- Toto Wolff (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 taking the checkered flag
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing RB10
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 during pit stop
20.04.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
20.04.2014- Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 in parc fermee
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee
20.04.2014- The podium, winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 2nd Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05, 3rd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14T
20.04.2014- Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 celebration in parc fermee

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corkey - Unregistered

April 25, 2013 11:06 AM

@bob What do you get from constantly throwing insults at people like a stubborn little child? Grow up kid. It's getting tiring going in to every topic and seeing your repetitive spiteful comments flooding the comments section. More on topic, I don't think Mercedes should throw away this season already. If they can work on the tyre wear issue and keep upgrades coming they could be in with a shot of having a high finish. The car is fast at the moment, the way it handles it's tyres is hindering it.

Big Will - Unregistered

April 26, 2013 10:47 AM

@Bob The issue with the 2009 season was that, the Brawn GP was so fast almost 2 seconds fast, and Button enjoyed his time in the sun, but when teams caught up half way through the season then Button struggled, but surprisingly Ruben Barrichello still won 2 races in Valencia and Monza and got pole in Brazil. This shows that unless Button’s car has a massive advantage he won do jack! Like I said Ruben still took the challenge to other teams when it was a level playing field.



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