Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed that Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff and the entire Mercedes team are under ‘huge’ pressure to produce a strong car for the 2024 season.
Following a disappointing 2023 campaign, in which Mercedes finished third in the Constructors’ Championship and failed to secure a single race win, Hamilton has raised concerns about the team’s ability to mount a comeback.
Speaking to reporters during a recent press conference, Hamilton expressed his frustrations with the team’s performance, stating “There’s no denying that Toto and the team are under huge pressure to deliver a competitive car for 2024. We know what we’re capable of, but we need to see results on the track.”
Wolff, who has been at the helm of the Mercedes team since 2013, has acknowledged the challenges facing the team, but remains optimistic about the future.
“We understand the expectations and the pressure that comes with being part of a team like Mercedes. Our goal is to bounce back stronger and more competitive in 2024,” said Wolff.
The pressure on Mercedes is further heightened by the upcoming regulation changes set to be introduced for the 2024 season, which aim to level the playing field and reduce the performance gap between teams.
With the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari closing in on Mercedes’ dominance in recent years, the upcoming season will be crucial in determining the team’s future in the sport.
As Hamilton and Wolff continue to publicly voice their concerns, the Mercedes team will be working tirelessly behind the scenes to develop a car capable of once again challenging for race wins and championships. Only time will tell if they can deliver on their promise to produce a strong car for the 2024 season.