Toto Wolff Issues Update On Mercedes Upgrades Ahead Of Canadian Grand Prix

Wednesday, 05 June 2024 at 14:00
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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff discussed his team's upgrades ahead of the ninth round of the 2024 season at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
After a one-week break following the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, we have race week again. This time, Formula 1 returns to the circuit in Montreal, famous for its unpredictable conditions and great racing.
Mercedes comes to this race as the fourth fastest team on the grid, but Silver Arrows have introduced a small upgrade in Monaco and suggest we haven't seen its full effect yet.
It was a newly upgraded front wing, and only George Russell had it during the last race weekend, but going into the Canadian Grand Prix, Toto Wolff said the upgraded front wing would be ready for both Mercedes drivers.

"Both drivers will have the new front wing, and there will be some other development items for this event."

"The new front wing offered a small lap-time gain around the tight streets of the principality, and should offer greater benefit on upcoming circuits."

The team from Brackley still has a sizeable gap to close in order to match the pace of the top three teams, but by bringing small upgrades to each event, they are making some progress.

"The front of the field is incredibly competitive. It has compressed and we are under no illusions that others will continue to improve. We have to continue to work hard to get ourselves into the mix."

Weather forecasts suggest it should rain in Montreal during all three days of the race weekend. This could benefit Mercedes, as driving in wet conditions hides some car deficiencies and allows great drivers to stand out.
The German team has two exceptional drivers and will be looking to extract the maximum out of this weekend. In terms of what he expects from the track itself, Wolff added:

"Montreal offers a mix of low-speed corners and high-speed straights, which makes for great racing. It is a brilliant track."

"We always enjoy going back to Montreal as the fans are incredibly passionate about F1. We have enjoyed many good moments there over the years. Hopefully we can add to those this weekend."