As groups work to excellent their vehicles underneath new aviation laws to enhance overtaking, Wolff maintains his perception that the order might be reversed his head by groups exploiting potential shadow areas within the guidelines.
He thinks rehearsal of 2009, when Brawn got here out of nowhere to triumph because of his dual-diffuser design, might be envisioned and that any outfit has the potential to come back out forward.
"I feel that with the rule adjustments every little thing is feasible," he stated in Russia Friday earlier than the FIA Awards gala.
"It's nearly like in 2009 that Brawn has recognized the twin broadcaster.I feel there is likely to be groups which have discovered loopholes, that different n & # 39; 39, haven’t noticed, that would make the distinction.
"We’re so take everybody severely: whether or not Ferrari that finishes second this yr or Williams 10th. All might include a automotive that may surpass us.
"We respect all these groups and the efforts they make, all are thought of opponents."
Though Mercedes managed to remove the specter of Ferrari this yr, Wolff thinks that his group will face a harder time in 2019.
"The factors come again to zero in the beginning of yearly, "he stated. "The problem will probably be larger than it was this yr.
" We’re in a great temper, in a great temper, in order that we are able to get there. However I can inform you that Ferrari, Crimson Bull and all the opposite guys will strive every little thing to cease us. "
Wolff not too long ago revealed that Mercedes had suffered a slight" setback "with its 2019 engine having not taken the step in earlier than the efficiency anticipated by the group.
Nevertheless, Wolff is evident that Mercedes should set targets too bold when it comes to energy. "19459004]
" We discovered every little thing all through the season that each one engine producers, together with us, have made nice progress, "he stated.
"The Ferrari have a really sturdy energy unit this yr, Honda has made nice progress with excellent efficiency on the Toro Rosso and Renault has thrown the Crimson Bull to victory at nearly all. finish of season races
"You possibly can see that engine efficiency is converging. We have now been the chief of the pack for a few years and, as a way to stay chief of the pack subsequent yr, and to return to this place, we should push very arduous and we should set bold targets.
"However as Components 1 has additionally change into a components for effectivity, it's essential to have essentially the most highly effective engine that truly ends the race – it's not nearly efficiency. This stability could be very troublesome. "
(From left to proper): James Allison, Technical Director Mercedes AMG F1 and Toto Wolff, Motor Sport Director Mercedes AMG F1
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