Toto Wolff reveals whether Mercedes will copy Red Bull and Ferrari designs

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TOTO WOLFF has opened up on Mercedes’ future design direction as they continue to struggle against Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Toto Wolff has claimed Mercedes will not copy Red Bull or Ferraris designs despite the team previously claiming they would look into it. Wolff said the Silver Arrows would “never copy any opponent” in a bid to bring their car back to the front.

Instead, Mercedes said they had looked at some of the solutions on their rivals’ cars which could be the best designs. Wolff made the comments after he was asked whether Mercedes will keep using their current model or copy Red Bull and Ferrari’s guidelines.

He told Motorsport.com Italy: “We don’t have a preference for that, something that has directed us in a specific direction. In the end, it is a question of having the fastest car, we will never copy any opponent but we may have analysed some solutions present on the cars that we believe are the best.

“We ask ourselves questions, they are discussed and the answers must arrive by September.” Wolff’s comments come months after Mike Elliott claimed the team would be looking at developing other teams’ designs onto their own package.

He explained: “I think we’d be silly not to have a level of humility that you think you’ve potentially got it wrong and you go and look at what everybody else has done.

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Toto Wolff reveals whether Mercedes will copy Red Bull and Ferrari designs

Toto Wolff says he will not directly copy Red Bull or Ferrari designs (Image: Getty)

“And that’s not just the Red Bull concept, that’s looking at all the concepts up and down the grid and saying what looks interesting and why.” He added: “I think we, like probably all of the teams, will evaluate what we’ve got, we’ll look at what others have done and work out what we think are the right ways forward.

“And I think for us so far the aim has been to generate as much understanding as quickly as we can and then work out what are the right things to do from there.” Mercedes introduced small winglets under the Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix in a bid to improve airflow.

These were considered to be of a similar design to Ferrari and Red Bull.

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Toto Wolff reveals whether Mercedes will copy Red Bull and Ferrari designs

Mercedes have struggled to match Ferrari or Red Bull this season (Image: Getty)

Many of Mercedes’ power-unit customers such as Aston Martin and Williams have copied Red Bull’s sidepod design for their own cars. However, the Silver Arrows claims it was bits underneath the car which made the bigger difference.

Elliott explained: “It’s the detail in the floor design. We’ve evaluated some of the concepts in that direction. I’m not going to say which way we’re going to go, but we will look at that.”

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