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IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes wipes his face on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 24, 2022 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Mercedes Could “Cut Losses” On W-13 To Focus On 2023

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Toto Wolff has admitted that if Mercedes can’t solve their issues with their 2022 car then they may result to “cutting their losses” on the W-13.

The Silver Arrows are struggling to overcome their porpoising issues which have held them back from challenging for their eighth consecutive title.

Wolff revealed that Mercedes intend to trial new ideas to improve the “undrivable” car, however, admitted that if fundamental design problems can’t be fixed then “you need to cut your losses”.

“We have interesting ideas and concepts that we are trying and that we are exploring, that have to find its way onto the car in the next few races,” said Wolff to the media in Imola.

“I would say there is no such thing as a concept being wrong but is there a part of what we have done [that] just simply doesn’t work with the regulations, and what is it?

“But, if there are fundamental areas that don’t allow us to unlock the potential that we believe is in the car, then, obviously, you need to cut your losses.”

Difficult decisions

Toto Wolff unhappy with “undrivable” car

Due to not understanding the issues entirely, Wolff struggled to nail down a timeline as to when Mercedes could shift their focus to 2023.

“Before we take such a decision, we need to really continue in the science and continue in finding out what it is,” he said.

“Only then, you can actually say, ‘Okay, cut the losses and switch to next year’.

“[You have to understand] where you got it wrong but, at the moment, we simply don’t. Not yet.”

Clearly not used to the new regulations, the Mercedes team principal explained that the underside of the new car seems to be causing the main bulk of the problems however, despite the slow start to the season, Wolff believes that there are positives about the car that could be taken into next year

“I think all the goodness and badness happens mainly on the floor, as it stands, at the moment,” said Wolff.

“You don’t need to throw away the goodness, you can keep the goodness.”

Whilst Mercedes fans won’t be holding their breath, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate George Russell will be hoping to find some pace on the track when Formula One heads across the pond to America for the Miami Grand Prix.

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