Mercedes is optimistic about narrowing the gap to Red Bull in the Formula One championship with two planned upgrades before the summer break. After introducing a major upgrade at the Monaco Grand Prix, Mercedes aims to head in a more fruitful development direction. Recent podium finishes in Spain and Canada have boosted the team’s confidence, and team boss Toto Wolff confirms that another step is scheduled for the British Grand Prix in early July. Wolff states, “We are bringing a larger one to Silverstone and we should have another one before [summer] shutdown.” He further mentions the accelerated learnings since the conceptual architecture change in Monaco, indicating that there will be significant improvements in the next four races.
According to Wolff, Mercedes has been consistently unlocking performance after the significant upgrade at Monaco. He states, “I think we are understanding better the simulations and they now correlate what we are seeing on track, and that is better because it has been a problem for the last one and a half years.” The team is witnessing notable performance gains in the wind tunnel and developing a deeper understanding of the car’s requirements for speed and setup. Mercedes is making substantial strides towards improvement.
One of the main weaknesses Mercedes has identified is a lack of rear grip in slow-speed corners compared to rival teams. Wolff acknowledges that this has been a persistent issue since last year. He explains, “We have a strong front, but the rear is still trailing and it’s still not good enough. We’ve seen that in Canada, particularly out of the low-speed corners, we lack traction and stability.” Addressing this weakness will be a crucial focus for the team.