Toto Wolff claims updates to the Mercedes W14 made it ‘horrible’ to drive at the Brazilian GP

Mercedes had an outing to forget at the Interlagos F1 circuit.


Toto Wolff claims updates to the Mercedes W14 made it ‘horrible’ to drive at the Brazilian GP

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff (Via: Imago)

The Mercedes Formula 1 team had an outing to forget at the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix. Starting the event in the top 10, the outfit only fell backward on the grid, and George Russell even had to retire the car. Seeing the team’s woes, Toto Wolff has bashed the W14 and admitted that its performance output was extremely bad.

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Since the last few races, the Brackley-based team was on an upward trajectory, with the car working really well. However, for some reason, nothing clicked for the team in terms of the changes that they made to the car during the Brazilian GP weekend. Their whole three-day outing was nothing short of a horror show.

At the end of the main race, Toto Wolff was asked to shed light on why Mercedes struggled, and while talking about the same, he told Motorsport:

Inexcusable performance. There are even no words for that. That car finished second last week and the week before. And whatever we did to it was horrible.

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Looking at the reaction of the Austrian, it is quite clear that he and the whole Mercedes outfit are disappointed with their Interlagos outing.

Lewis survived out there. But, George, I can only feel for the two driving such a miserable thing. It shows how difficult the car is, it's on a knife's edge. We've got to develop that better for next year. 

Toto Wolff and Co. have got Ferrari right on their tails

While Toto Wolff is finding it hard to wrap his head around the poor outing that his team had at Interlagos, he has bigger issues knocking on his office door. Courtesy of Mercedes’s P8 and DNF from Brazil, the Ferrari F1 team has caught up with them in the 2023 Constructors Championship.

Toto Wolff (Credits: Imago)
Toto Wolff (Credits: Imago)

As things stand, Mercedes is currently in the second position with 382 points to his name, whereas the Maranello-based team has so far put on board 362. The gap is only of twenty points between the two teams, with only two Grand Prix events remaining on this year’s Formula 1 calendar.

Toto Wolff and Co. would ideally want to finish second in the world championship, but keeping their miserable Brazilian GP outing in view, it won’t be like a walk in the park for them. The Ferrari outfit will surely come all guns blazing from the upcoming Las Vegas GP onwards.

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