Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says that they will have switched more than half its workforce on to its 2014 Formula 1 car by May.
Next year Formula 1 will run with new 1.6 litre turbo-charged V6 engine, it’s a vital change for sport. All team moving equivalent developments with their 2013 and 2014 cars.
Mercedes 2014 project is being overseen by Geoff Willis. In an interview with the official F1 website, Wolff says that 2014 will shortly have equal resources to developing the current W04. Current Mercedes machine made two pole positions and two podium finishes.
“We’re already working on 2014 and we’ll gradually raise the percentage of people working on next year’s car,” Wolff told the official Formula One 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 [the other teams] 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.”
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