阿布扎比大獎賽:梅賽德斯的艱難賽季 "絕對必要" - 托托-沃爾夫

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阿布扎比大獎賽:梅賽德斯的艱難賽季 "絕對必要" - 托托-沃爾夫

梅賽德斯一級方程式的老闆托托-沃爾夫說,他們在2022年的艱難賽季對車隊的未來成功是 "絕對必要的"。

沃爾夫說。"我確信這困難的一年對於重新激勵和重振組織是必要的。

"這讓我們回到了地面上,讓我們體會到了勝利時的感覺。"

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沃爾夫說,梅賽德斯一直在分析以前的優勢車隊是如何失去優勢的。

"他說:"我們正在關注這個問題,並認為我們最好小心點,因為一個賽季已經過去了,就在一瞬間,我們不能讓這種情況在下個賽季和下一個賽季之後發生。

而且他說,他要把困難重重的2022年的車放在布拉克里的梅賽德斯工廠的接待處,"所以每一天當我們進來的時候,我們都知道它可能有多困難"。

沃爾夫說,相信梅賽德斯有必要的工具來返回到前面,他說。"我們意識到了這一點,法規發生了變化,我們弄錯了,但所有其他的支柱仍在。"

但他補充說:"我是一個半空的人,從不相信我們所做的工作足夠好。我完全不確定我們是否能反彈到爭奪冠軍的位置。

"因為你需要承認,競爭很激烈,但我們會盡一切力量,盡一切努力把我們的目標定得很高,並努力達到它們。"

沃爾夫說,車隊在本賽季開始時遇到了困難,當時賽車遭受了一種被稱為 "波動"--或 "彈跳"--的空氣動力學現象,這意味着追趕世界冠軍紅牛並不容易。

"他說:"我們失去了好幾個月的開發時間,因為我們必須在能夠為賽車增加性能之前解決波動問題,因為無論我們在下壓力方面增加什麼都沒有用,車手們感覺不到它。

他說:"它變得更加不可預測,彈跳變得更糟。因此,考慮到六個月的延遲,將性能放在車上將是巨大的困難,以趕上法拉利和紅牛。

"而且我們已經開始了100米衝刺,落後於所有人10米,所以我們只需要跑得更快,這個組織擁有跑得更快所需的一切。"

梅賽德斯本賽季唯一的勝利是在本賽季的倒數第二場比賽中在巴西取得的,由喬治-拉塞爾提供。

但在阿布扎比的決賽中,賽車沒有競爭力,拉塞爾獲得第五名,隊友劉易斯-漢密爾頓在跑第四名時因液壓系統故障退賽。

拉塞爾將阿布扎比描述為 "一個有點現實的檢查,而且非常需要,因為我們仍然認識到我們有很多事情要做,以便在下個賽季與紅牛抗衡"。

他補充說:"我們的車有很大的潛力,但性能窗口太窄了,從巴西、墨西哥、新加坡的高點到這裡的性能波動太大。

拉塞爾說,他對自己在本賽季結束時領先漢密爾頓35分和兩個名次的事實並不看重。

"如果你在賽季開始時告訴我這一點,"拉塞爾說,"我會感到無比自豪和高興,因為如果你在劉易斯-漢密爾頓之前完成比賽,十有八九你會成為世界冠軍。

"但在這樣一個賽季中,賽車沒有表現出來,我們都遇到了困難......我毫不懷疑,如果賽車能夠獲得冠軍,他明年就會恢復到正常水平。

"他在賽季開始時遇到了困難,事情對他來說並不順利,對我來說則更順利一些。在賽季的後半段,情況有些波動,但它可能會自行平衡。"

當被問及他在職業生涯中第一次在沒有勝利的情況下結束F1賽季的感受時,漢密爾頓說。"我一直相信,直到最後一場比賽,有可能有機會,我認為堅持希望是很重要的。

"我付出了一切,最後一場比賽幾乎就像整個賽季,總結了整個一年,我很高興它已經完成了。

"如果能有一場勝利就好了。一場勝利其實是不夠的。我覺得今年當我們得到第一個第五名時,感覺就像一場勝利;第一個第四名,感覺就像一場勝利;第一個領獎台,感覺就像一場勝利。第二名真的感覺我們取得了一些成績,所以我只是抓住了這些。"

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Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff says that their difficult 2022 season was "absolutely necessary" for the team's future success.

Wolff said: "I am sure this a difficult year was necessary to re-motivate and re-energise the organisation.

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Wolff said Mercedes had been analysing how previous dominant teams had lost their edge.

"We are looking at that and thinking we better be careful because a season has gone by, in a heartbeat, and we can't let that happen after next season and the next one," he said.

And he said that he was going to put the difficult 2022 car in the reception at the Mercedes factory in Brackley "so every single day when we come in we know how difficult it can be".

Wolff said believed Mercedes had the necessary tools to return to the front, saying: "We are aware of that, the regulations changed and we got it wrong but all the other pillars are still in place."

But he added: "I'm a glass half-empty guy and never believe the job we are doing is good enough. I am not sure at all whether we can bounce back to a position where we compete for championships.

"Because you need to acknowledge that the competition is strong but we will do everything in our power, everything to set our objectives high and try to reach them."

Wolff said that the team's difficult start to the season, when the car suffered from an aerodynamic phenomenon known as "porpoising" - or "bouncing" - meant catching up with world champions Red Bull would not be easy.

"We lost many months of development because we had to solve the porpoising problem before being able to add performance back on to the car because whatever we added in terms of downforce went nowhere, the drivers couldn't feel it," he said.

"It became even more unpredictable and the bouncing got worse. So considering a six-month delay putting performance on the car will be tremendously difficult to catch up against Ferrari and Red Bull.

"And we have started the 100m sprint 10m behind everyone so we just have to run faster and this organisation has all that's needed to run faster."

Mercedes' only win this season came at the penultimate race of the season in Brazil, courtesy of George Russell.

But the cars were uncompetitive in the finale in Abu Dhabi, where Russell finished fifth and team-mate Lewis Hamilton retired when running fourth with a hydraulics failure.

Russell described Abu Dhabi as "a bit of a reality check and very much needed because we still recognise we have a lot to do to fight with Red Bull next season".

He added: "We have a car with a lot of potential but the performance window is far too narrow and those performance swings from the highs of Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, to the likes of here are far too vast."

Russell said he did not put much store by the fact that he had finished the season 35 points and two places ahead of Hamilton in the championship.

"If you had told me that at the start of the season," Russell said, "I would have been incredibly proud and happy with that because nine times out of 10 if you finish ahead of Lewis Hamilton you are probably going to be world champion.

"But in a season like this, where the car hasn't been performing and we've both had our difficulties… I have no doubt he is going to be back to his normal level next year if the car is capable of a championship win.

"He had a difficult start to the season, things weren't going smoothly for him and they were a bit more smooth for me. That swung around a bit in the second half of the season but it probably balanced itself out."

Asked how he felt having ended an F1 season without a win for the first time in his career, Hamilton said: "I always believed right to the last race that there was potentially a chance, I think it's important to hold on to hope.

"I gave it everything and the last race was almost like the whole season, sums up the whole year and I'm glad it's done.

"It would have been nice to have a win. One win is not really enough. I feel like this year when we got our first fifth it felt like a win; first fourth, it felt like a win; first podium, it felt like a win. The seconds really felt like we'd achieved something, so I just hold on to those." • None The English: An epic Western drama starring Emily Blunt and Chaske Spencer

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