Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff defended the Silver Arrows’ decision to stop the development of the 2021 car, and instead shifting resources towards the upcoming 2022 season, calling it the right decision in the long run.

While rivals Red Bull continues to work on the RB16B, Mercedes seemingly accepted the implications of arresting 2021 development, with Wolff stating that any team that continues to focus on 2021 will pay the price next season.

“I think most teams have stopped development for 2021. But if they keep pushing for this year, that’s certainly going to give them an advantage [this season],” Wolff said.

“Unless you have some magic wand, you will have a deficit next year.”

Wolff’s Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner commented on the matter, boldly stating that Red Bull will not be at a disadvantage next year, despite continuing to work on the current championship season.

“You have to go week by week, race by race and I think the team is doing a great job balancing the challenges of this year and next,” Horner commented.

“It’s nothing new. A lot is being done right now, but we’ve had big regulatory changes in the past, so you have to balance your resources and apply them to what is most needed.”

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