Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff doesn’t rule out getting rid of the sidepod-less concept.
Wolff stated that the team needs to correlate data at the upcoming Grand Prix in Barcelona with what they’ve seen during testing.
“I wouldn’t discount anything,” he said.
“We need to give all of our people the benefit of the doubt, that have produced great race cars in the past, and we believe that this is the route to go.
“But Barcelona definitely is going to be a point in time where we are able to correlate with what we’ve seen in [testing in] February and gather more data.
“I’m also annoyed by always saying the same thing about gathering data and making experiments, but it’s physics and not mystics, and therefore you have to unpick the bones.”
Wolff also stated that the team is still committed to its current concept and that it won’t be an easy switch until data is gathered.
“I think we’re still committed to the current concept, and you need to, because if we don’t believe and we give the other one a 50 percent chance, then [you had] better switch now.
“We are faithful to the current concept. We are not looking at the lady next door if we like it more or not, because it’s still good.
“As a matter of fact, we need to understand, before you make a decision to switching on another concept, where did this one go wrong? What is the goodness of the concept and what is the badness of the concept?
“That is a question you can only respond to yourself, which I would be asking ourselves to get an answer on after Barcelona because that’s the real correlation we have.
“By then, we’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror and say, ‘Did we get it wrong or not?'”