Apr 25, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
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.”
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