Mercedes boss plays down testing pace

Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal with Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1. Mercedes AMG F1 W04 Launch, Jerez, Spain, Monday 4 February 2013.

Toto Wolff with Ross Brawn

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has played down the significance of Mercedes’ speed and form that emerged on the final two days of testing in Barcelona, after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg smashed the Circuit de Catalunya lap record on two consecutive days, during their stints in the W03.

Wolff told DPA, “I have to dampen them because they are quite simply not realistic. It is of course pleasant to be at the front in testing but it means nothing.”

Last year the Silver Arrows also showed impressive pace early on in the season, and Rosberg even won the Chinese GP, but thereafter their campaign was derailed to the point that they were struggling in the midfield by season end.

“It is perhaps a cliche but test drives and races are two different things, and we are there to race,” said Wolff. “I don’t think you can interpret too much into the test results. It was incredibly cold here and the teams drove with different fuel loads.”

“You could theoretically deduce if a car is right or not. The truth is though you can’t see anything. Red Bull for example showed nothing. We won’t know until Melbourne what’s really going on. We worked out our plan and drive what we wanted, but not to impress anyone or to bluff,” he added.

  • Senna one

    So they’ve still got nothing..

  • Torque

    I think Merc will qualify well early on but will probably be pitting before the others around them to change the burnt out tires they’ll have, similar to last year. Whether they can keep up the development race with their limited budget is another thing for them to worry about. I think Merc will have a Brawn style philosophy going, try to win early and often and then hope you can hold on to the lead while losing the development race.

  • Hammad

    Lets hope Michael made a correct decision by not exercising his option to extend the contract. If three pointed stars did not win with Michael I think they do not deserve to win at all.

  • durptron5000

    Toto Wolff doesn’t know shit. Stay on the business side of things where you belong. There is no way with those times are complete horse-shit like he’s making them seem. Yes they don’t know exactly where they stand, but its damn sure they will be competing. Hamilton and Rosberg are experienced and both said the car feels like a winner, Hamilton after much downplaying as well. Brawn who is involved with the car seems happy, and all the other teams say they are fast. This is total and utter garbage.