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Lewis Hamilton with his Mercedes team following his third podium in 2023

Toto Wolff teases ‘larger’ Mercedes upgrades coming soon

From 'one of the worst days in racing' in Bahrain to back-to-back podiums in Spain and Canada, what is possible for the re-emerging Silver Arrows in 2023?

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Following back-to-back podiums in Spain and Canada, Toto Wolff teases future Mercedes upgrades

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff. (Image Credit: formula1.com)

At the start of the Formula One 2023 season, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff declared the Bahrain Grand Prix “one of the worst days in racing.” Since the team’s major upgrades package that they debuted at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Silver Arrows have celebrated three podium finishes. Including back-to-back podiums for Lewis Hamilton in Spain and Canada.

The seven-time world champion has been very complimentary of his team’s progress since the upgrades. However, following his third-place finish in Montreal, the Brit admitted that his team still has a lot of progress to make to close the gap to the cars ahead.

But said progress could be made sooner than we think. Following the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff opened up about future upgrades his team has in the pipeline. On the upcoming upgrades, the team boss said:

“We are bringing a larger one to Silverstone, then we should have another one before [the summer] shutdown.”

He continued, “It’s just that the learnings have accelerated a lot since we changed some of the conceptual architecture. There should be decent steps coming in the next four races.”

With further upgrades on the horizon, potentially bringing greater gains than the Monaco update, what can Mercedes achieve in 2023?

Wolff reveals positive performance gains since committing to the new development direction

Before the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Wolff revealed his team was working towards a new car concept that we now see come to fruition. On the Silver Arrows’ progress back at the factory with the new concept, Wolff only had positive feedback. He said:

“I think we are understanding the simulations better. The time is correlating what we are seeing on track and that’s been our problem over the one and a half years. We’ve seen good performance gains that are coming in the tunnel, we are seeing better understanding of what the car needs in order to go fast, what the set-ups need to look like.”

He continued, “So generally, the steps are getting bigger. I think we are making good inroads.”

While both Max Verstappen and Red Bull are looking very strong this season, could Mercedes compete for the 2024 championships?

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