Wolff denies Mercedes still porpoising

Toto Wolff has hit back at claims from the Red Bull camp that Mercedes’ new car is affected by ‘porpoising’. Mercedes boss Wolff admits the team still has “a lot of question” about its 2023 car ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain GP. But the good news, as he told Osterreich newspaper, is that “our car doesn’t jump and that’s a good start”. What Wolff does admit, however, is that Red Bull “have the fastest car”. What won’t become clear over the season-opening race weekend, however, is whether Lewis Hamilton will agree a new contract with Mercedes for 2024. When asked specifically if another defeat to the younger George Russell will end the seven time world champion’s career, Wolff answered: “Lewis is motivated and in good shape, both mentally and physically.

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