Mercedes’ F1 boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that his team increased the target of their 2019 F1 engine power after hearing that some others ‘are doing well’ and admitted they are still not on target to fulfill this ambitious plan.
Mercedes won the fifth consecutive double championship title in 2018, but with more pressure from Ferrari and Red Bull than in previous years.
That’s why Merceded decided to set ambitious targets to respond to the increased challenge of their main rivals, including their new F1 V6 engine.
“The rules have changed, the downforce should be less, but the rumors say that people have managed to make up for the most of these losses,” commented Wolff.
“There is a big development race in the search for downforce and drag reduction.”
“Of course, the engine is a very important part, adding more horsepower. That’s why we have set up very ambitious goals.”
“In fact, we have increased our goals six weeks ago, because we heard that others are doing well so we have increased the power target for the engines for the first race of the season, where we should be in terms of laptime.”
“We are still on the road to that goal.”
“We had a few good weeks in the wind tunnel, but we had minor engine problem because we believed the new concept would bring more.”
“Our boys are very ambitious, so I’m optimistic.”
“But you never know. We’ll know when they first qualifying starts in Melbourne.”
Ferrari in 2018, according to most people in Formula 1, had the strongest engine that sparked attention with their unique ERS system with two batteries and which the FIA repeatedly checked but did not find anything illegal.