Despite Problematic 2022 Season, Toto Wolff Dusts His Hands off Mercedes W-14 Development

Published 01/24/2023, 5:45 AM EST

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It must have been a hard pill to swallow for Toto Wolff and Co. to struggle in the midfield after 8 consecutive championships. They would have never imagined such a problematic season with so many tribulations in 2022. Yet, Mercedes are capable of powering through such hiccups. Now, Toto may have stepped up as the main leader to try and take control of the technical program. But he believes that isn’t his business, as there are capable people handling the technical development for the Silver Arrows.

Speaking with the Times, Toto elaborated on how he does not wish to interfere in the technical development at Mercedes. He said, “We’ve been lucky to win eight constructors’ titles in a row, which is unprecedented. And that is due to the fact that we empower the staff here. If I started to meddle in technical decisions after such a winning streak that would be odd.” 

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Wolff has been an amazing leader for the Brackley team, leading them to 8 constructors championships. Yet, the technical leadership’s contribution has also been commendable in producing some beast-like cars. Currently, James Allison is the Chief Technical Officer, and Mike Elliott is the Technical Director for Mercedes. They certainly did an amazing job turning around the W13’s performance last year.


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So, Toto Wolff may feel free to dust his hands off the development of the W14 and beyond. He would rather focus on keeping the team together for the next step of their redemption and return to the top.

Toto would be looking to keep the unnecessary noise and banter away from his team’s environment. Of course, if Mercedes challenge Red Bull again for the title, the mind games with Christian Horner may begin again.

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Despite Red Bull and Max Verstappen being at a brilliant level of pace, one cannot underestimate the Silver Arrows. Even if Mercedes get their car within 0.2 seconds of Red Bull’s pace, a championship battle is possible.


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The Brackley-based outfit is known for making it work over the season and developing a championship-winning car. These technical capabilities were quite evident in the 2021 title battle. The Brackley outfit probably out-developed their rivals and arguably had the faster car in the final few races of that year.

Still, given how 2022 was, it will be an uphill task for Toto Wolff and Co. to get so close to RBR. Unless, of course, the team has found a lot of gains in the off-season. If any team can get so much development in a small period of time, it is Mercedes.


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Aishwary Gaonkar


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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.
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Ranvijay Singh