Toto Wolff warns Mercedes could follow Ferrari if they ‘lose’ Lewis Hamilton

Red Bull and Ferrari have both gone long periods without winning a world championship, with the Scuderia still yet to end their drought.

Ferrari are an iconic and historical part of Formula 1, with the Scuderia becoming a household name in racing following their success in previous eras.

The team came close to challenging for the constructors’ championship this year, but ultimately fell short after struggles with strategy decisions and reliability, extending their title drought which began after their last victory in 2008.

Red Bull are a relatively new team in the sport when compared to the heritage of Ferrari, however they enjoyed a spell of dominance with Sebastian Vettel around a decade ago.

The energy drink giants won their first constructors’ championship since 2013 this year after Mercedes dominated every year since Vettel departed for Ferrari.

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With Mercedes falling some way short of even challenging for the title this year, fans have begun to wonder whether it could be the Silver Arrows’ turn to experience a title drought.

The team struggled to get to grips with the new regulations that came into effect for the 2022 season, however they have said that they understand where they went wrong and are confident of returning to their best next season.

Toto Wolff was asked about the possibility of his team spending some time in the shadows of their rivals, however he has explained why he is confident of avoiding replicating the misfortune of Ferrari and Red Bull.

“With Ferrari, for example, they lost the whole of their top leadership and a key driver. That is something where you can trace it back,” explained the Austrian.

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“With Red Bull, it was a fundamental situation where the power unit changed upside down and no works deal.

“We are looking at that and thinking ‘We better be careful,’ because a season has gone by in a heartbeat.

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“We can’t let it happen to look back at the end of next season and the one after, saying ‘That’s bitter’.”

Mercedes engineers have suggested that their shortcomings in 2022 were down to getting the physics surrounding the new era of Formula 1 cars wrong, and that they are confident of making amends next year.

Lewis Hamilton has jokingly told reporters that he will not be looking to keep the W13 in his collection, as he is looking forward to seeing the back of the car after the post-season tests in Abu Dhabi.