I was reading comments from Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff this morning and it was interesting to note that the team will have over half its folks focused on the 2014 car by mid-May. The regulations are facing serious changes for 2014 and it is no wonder the team will be mainly focusing getting on top of this new format.
“We’re already working on 2014 and we’ll gradually raise the percentage of people working on next year’s car,” he said.
“I would say that in May we will reach a point where more than 50 per cent will work on the 2014 car.”
What was interesting is his comment about when other teams would turn their focus to 2014 as well:
“Here 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,” he said.
“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.”
So it seems Toto know Mercedes will not be competing for the title already? If the team are fighting for the title, will his projection of May remain? He seems relatively sure that half the team will be focused on the 2014 car by May.
In short, I do wonder at what point Mercedes or other teams will throw in the towel for 2013. If Mercedes is already focused on the new car in mid-May, what about Sauber, Williams and Toro Rosso? It deflates the rest of the season for me if I know the teams are just peddling around and most, if not all, of their resources and efforts are being spent on next year’s car. It’s a bit of a buzzkill to be honest.
What’s the point of watching if Toto says they and most other teams won’t be focusing on the development and desire to win in 2013 in favor of the 2014 car? I don’t want to be overly dramatic here but it is a bummer to know that the teams could be phoning the rest of the year in.