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50% of Mercedes staff working on 2014 car

Apr 25, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Toto Wolff has revealed that Mercedes is slowly switching focus to its 2014 car, with over half of the team members set to be working on the W05 by next month.

“We’re already working on 2014 and we’ll gradually raise the percentage of people working on next year’s car,” Wolff told the official Formula One website.

“I would say that in May we will reach a point where more than 50 per cent will work on the 2014 car.”

This move comes despite Mercedes having a strong start to the season, claiming two pole positions and currently occupying fourth place in the constructors’ championship. However, Wolff believes that the shift to 2014 is a natural move for all teams bar those competing for the title.

“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.”

With a new raft of regulations due to come into effect for next season, preparation will be key if Mercedes is to challenge for both championships in 2014. Regardless, Wolff was still hopeful of the team excelling in 2013.

“I want to be among the four top teams in the constructors championship and have a driver among the top four as well.”

  1. wallio - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    This is what Ross Brawn does. Waits for new rules, then smokes them. The Brawn GP-01 supposedly took 18 months to design, and we saw how that worked out.

  2. apexassassin - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Right wallio! I’m sure Brawn and Merc are more than prepared.

    Except this time Ferrari have Rory Byrne back as lead designer for the 2014 car, you might remember him from Schumi’s reign at Ferrari. Plus Newey loves a fresh design and Lotus keep surprising us all.

    and with the Pirelli crap shoot who knows how it will unfold.

    One thing I do know is that if the Mclaren Honda 2015 rumor is true, then they’ll be designing two new cars two years in a row… The Merc version for 2014 and the Honda version for 2015… can’t see that helping them catch their rivals.

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