Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes has provided a good analogy, albeit a bit hard to digest in relation to the problems faced by Mercedes during the Bahrain Pre-Season Tests.
Wolff however feels that the sessions had provided the team with crucial highlights in relation to the new W12 car, which is the goal with pre-season testing. The team has also been given a chance of fixing the car before the season starts.
The team saw a lacklustre test with gearbox issues for Bottas and a spin for seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton on day 2, which also resulted in red flags, followed by another spin at the end of the final day of tests. This is not something one expects from a team that has been dominant since the turbo-hybrid era.
Despite this, Team Principal Toto Wolff believes that he will still be worried regardless of the mixed showing during tests, which saw Bottas jump to the top 5 on day 2.
“I always worry, sometimes for the right reasons, sometimes for the wrong reasons, but pre-season testing is always exciting because you always find the hair in the soup, things that are not good and we had quite some struggle in the first few days,” he stated.
“It’s not a matter of complacency,” continued Wolff. “There’s a reason why there are not many teams winning World Championships or doing it with consecutive championships. It’s an organisation that needs to stay energised and motivated at all times, and that’s not trivial.
“The shakedown, if it’s done in the right conditions, allows you to understand a little bit more, but our failures in the first days were not down to doing or not doing a shakedown,” he added.
With just two weeks to go for the first race of the season, Toto explained the next steps for the team would be to ensure that they start off in a strong manner against Red Bull.
“On the job, list is that we will crunch the data,” he said. “Try to understand where we performed well, and where not, where we had good correlation to our simulations and the tunnel and where not, and just generally, it’s like sleeping overnight on an idea. Next day you wake up more intelligent.”