Toto Wolff is cautious before the next season. He is aware that much more is expected of his team this time. Wolff wants them to improve, but he is aware of the progress of Ferrari and Red Bull. Toto knows that the task will not be easy.
"I think we have understood how we fell back, where the shortcomings are, and where we have gaps in understanding,"-said Wolff, as quoted by motorsport.com "We're working hard on putting a car on the ground that has addressed all of that.
But we will only see when starting testing whether we have unlocked the potential that we believe has always been in the car. We have no doubt, when you're starting behind by half a second, that it's going to be difficult to catch up to such great organisations like Red Bull, or Ferrari.
Now, having said that, we are super determined in doing just that. But we need to set our expectations at a realistic level."
He doesn't want to be too optimistic when it comes to the future. Wolff is aware that things can go really badly for them, but they can also go really well for them as well.
As difficult as it may be to predict what awaits us, we can rest assured that Mercedes will do its utmost to make the most of the situation. "If we perform in the way we hope, then we'd like to be part of the racing at the very front," he added.
"I think that would be a starting point. But we don't take that for granted. It could well be that the gaps are like they were at the end of last season. I think there is so much potential still that within our car, within the concept, the way we drive the car, etc, that maybe our development slope can be steeper in the months to come."