The Silver Arrows are feeling confident ahead of the 2023 F1 season, which kicks off early next month.
There is plenty of optimism within the Mercedes camp ahead of the 2023 F1 season, and team principal Toto Wolff’s latest comments reinforce that.
Pre-season testing began in Bahrain today as the teams hit the track looking to reach their optimal level in time for the season opener on March 5. While Max Verstappen topped the charts with the fastest time of 1:32.837, Mercedes had an encouraging start despite what the timesheets read like.
Lewis Hamilton finished the day P6, sixth tenths behind leader Verstappen while teammate George Russell was 1.3 seconds off the pace in ninth. Despite finishing behind the Dutchman and both Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, the Silver Arrows’ team principal is happy with what he has seen and is excited for the future. The commens will delight the Brit, who is seeking revenge over his Red Bull rival.
“You need to provide a good car for a driver that has the ambition to win races and championships and we have that,” said Wolff. “We want to win. At this stage last year, we knew we were in trouble because the car was bouncing around and we were not able to drive it correctly.