The 2023 Formula 1 season was challenging for Mercedes, with their W14 car not performing up to expectations, but they managed to finish second in the constructors’ championship due to the efforts of team boss Toto Wolff and drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, according to Sky Sports analyst David Croft.
‣ The 2023 Formula 1 season was challenging for Mercedes, with drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton struggling with the W14 car.
‣ Despite the difficulties, Mercedes still managed to finish second in the constructors’ championship.
‣ Sky Sports analyst David Croft criticized Mercedes for not changing the concept of the W14 car, which he believes was not up to the team’s standards.
‣ Croft praised team boss Toto Wolff, Russell, and Hamilton, stating that without them, the team would not have achieved second place.
Mercedes had a rocky start to the 2023 Formula 1 season. The W14, driven by George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, wasn’t up to snuff. Both drivers had a hard time breaking into the top ranks. As the season rolled on, however, the team’s fortunes began to turn around. Despite the early setbacks, Mercedes managed to clinch second place in the constructors’ championship. Sky Sports analyst David Croft, though, wasn’t impressed.
Croft’s Take on the W14 Mercedes
Croft shared his thoughts on the Sky Sports’ podcast. “I’m not sure what was happening behind the scenes,” he said. “But something stopped Mercedes from trying a different concept.” He continued, “They didn’t do what was glaringly obvious – ditch the old concept and try something new. They kicked off the season with a car that just didn’t match their ambitions.”
Croft may not have been a fan of the car, but he had nothing but praise for team boss Toto Wolff and drivers Russell and Hamilton. He believes that without this trio, Mercedes wouldn’t have secured second place. Croft explained his reasoning.
Croft’s Views on Wolff, Russell, and Hamilton
“Toto Wolff deserves credit,” Croft said. “He’s been working behind the scenes to fix the issues. They’re heading in a new direction now.” He added, “He’s locked in both drivers with new contracts, which I think was a huge win for Mercedes this year. They came in second, but without that driver combo, would they have? Nah, I don’t think so.”