Toto Wolff has said the F1 2020 season is effectively a two-year World Championship with a major regulations overhaul on the horizon.
Formula 1 will be flicking the switch at the end of the 2020 season on what will hopefully lead to a more competitive racing series and more parity across the 10 teams with the introduction of a cost cap.
But the Mercedes boss feels some pretty sizeable gaps could exist between teams if they do not get the balance right between this season and turning attention to the 2021 campaign.
That, in turn, brings a new challenge to the Silver Arrows and the other teams heading into the 2020 season.
“This year’s championship is a two year championship,” Wolff told reporters at the Royal Automobile Club in London.
“It is not only about 2020 under the current regulations.
“There’s such a massive regulatory change for 2021, that balancing your allocation of resource will be crucial in terms of how much of your resource you’re switching into the 2021 car.
“Obviously, the learning and development slope is much steeper at the beginning.
“So if you get it wrong and you’re months behind, you might be half a second behind.
“And this is a challenge which we have embraced in the past through two regulatory changes, and we love that one.”
As Mercedes’ dominance in the turbo hybrid era continues, Wolff is not worried about the potential threat of complacency within the team.
“Every year we try to set the right objectives, and objectives that are understood throughout the organisation,” he said.
“I think it’s so important to wake up with purpose. And I don’t see a lack of motivation and purpose within the organisation
“The pain of losing is so much more intense and lasts so much longer than the joy of winning. And this is in a way what drives us strongly. The sheer thought about losing makes you forget about all your previous achievements.”
“Last year’s record doesn’t buy us any credit for the 2020 championship. So all lap times, all points go to zero and we are yet again in front of another challenge.
“In a way there is a reason why six was a world record. Because it’s bloody difficult. And we want to push that needle further.”