Wolff: New cars a mind-blowing display of innovation
10 February 2014 – Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff has said the new 2014 F1 cars are a 'mind-blowing display of innovation' and that the new 'technology is not only sophisticated, but relevant' too.
F1 is set for something of a revolution this season, and along with the introduction of new V6 turbo-charged engines, there is also much more powerful energy recovery systems and new aerodynamic challenges.
“When the decision was made a couple of years ago that this new format should be introduced, I thought it was an extremely bold decision and it has not been easy to get where we are today,” Wolff told the team’s official website. “However, when you look at what has been produced, these cars really are a mind-blowing display of innovation. F1 is the pinnacle of automotive development, with teams constantly pushing each other and pushing the sport further.
“Much of this is translated into road cars, so the technology is not only sophisticated, but relevant.
“I think it’s a great concept.”
During testing at Jerez last month, the new cars were considerably slower than last year’s, but Wolff thinks they will soon regain the speed lost.
“Over time, yes [they will do that]. What you have to bear in mind is that this is a completely new formula, while the V8 was a concept that had been developed over a number of years. Even during the course of testing in 2013, lap times were coming down considerably each day, so by the end of this season, I fully expect the cars to be as quick as before,” he added.
Meanwhile, he also said that the noise level is fine too: “When I stand on the pit wall, the sound reminds me of F1 in the 1980s. It is still loud, not quite so much as before, but you can hear the engineering at work with the whistling of the turbo and so on.
“Personally I like the sound and I think in a few months’ time nobody will think of it as anything different. It was the same when the sport switched from a V12 to V10, then V10 to V8 engine. It is all part of the modern era,” he summed-up.