Toto Wolff: Half of Mercedes' resources will be devoted to 2014 car by May
Austrian says new car "very complex and complicated"
By William Esler. Last Updated: April 26, 2013 3:31pm
Toto Wolff says Mercedes will be devoting more than half their workforce to their 2014 car by the time F1 returns to Europe in May.
Next season sees a major overhaul of the rules with a switch from 2.5 litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 engines, with a great emphasis placed on fuel economy and hybrid technology.
The cars will also be required to run with a lower nose, with the tip 365mm lower than the current maximum height allowed. However, attempts to reduce the amount of downforce produced by the cars have been abandoned.
A delicate balancing act for all of the teams will be when to switch their focus to the 2014 car, whilst also remaining competitive this season. But as witnessed with Brawn GP in 2009, switching attention to a new rulebook early can help you steal a march on the competition the following year.
"We're already working on 2014 and we'll gradually raise the percentage of people working on next year's car," the Austrian told the official Formula 1 website.
"I would say that in May we will reach a point where more than 50 percent will work on the 2014 car.
"There 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. 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."