Mercedes won’t pay to make an attempt at beating Porsche’s record Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time with its Formula 1 car, according to team principal Toto Wolff.
The former World Endurance Championship team used a development of its LMP1 car, called the 919 Tribute, to shatter its own 35-year-old course record for the iconic, 20-kilometre track earlier today.
“It’s funny that you say that, I thought about that this morning when I saw the time,” said Wolff during today’s FIA press conference at the Red Bull Ring.
“It’s obviously incredible what they have achieved to do. Five minutes 19 is almost a minute faster than what [Stefan] Bellof did in a sports car.
“It’s one and a half minutes faster than what I thought of doing and it ended up in tears,” added Wolff, referring to a crash he had on the Nurburgring Nordschleife during his racing career.
“I have spoken with the guys this morning and they’ve said it is just unbelievable, it’s like flying a spaceship around the track.
“It would be interesting to put a Formula One car on the Nordschleife and trying to see what it does but it’s probably more a nice fling than a realistic idea that somebody is going to finance.”
Asked by RaceFans if Mercedes could afford it Wolff answered: “No”.
Porsche’s 919 Tribute has also beaten the record pole position time Mercedes set at Spa-Francorchamps during last year’s Belgian Grand Prix.
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