Mercedes will be making changes to improve their position ahead of the Australian Grand Prix on April 2, according to team principal Toto Wolff. Speaking to reporters at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Wolff said that he would not be ashamed if their revamped car ended up resembling a Red Bull, as long as it was faster. “We are making really big steps at the moment with our R&D, with our understanding in the [wind] tunnel,” he said. George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and fifth in Jeddah respectively, behind Red Bull and Aston Martin‘s Fernando Alonso but ahead of both Ferraris.
In Bahrain, Mercedes were the fourth fastest team, with Red Bull winning both races to date one-two. Two-time world champion Max Verstappen powered past Hamilton in Saudi Arabia, going from 15th to second place. “The kind of gains that are coming in, in our R&D and in aero, are much bigger than we’ve had over a long time,” Wolff said after Russell qualified fourth before moving up to third on the Saudi Arabian starting grid.
Wolff said that the car’s visible aerodynamic surfaces were being reconsidered, adding that “the car is being turned upside down at the moment and there’s a lot of goodness that we see. We see low hanging fruit with things that are encouraging.” Wolff said that he did not care what the car looked like, as long as it was the fastest possible race car.