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Mercedes F1 Unveils New Updates at Imola GP

Mercedes F1 Unveils New Updates at Imola GP

15/05/2024

Mercedes F1 is set to introduce new developments at Imola, signaling a larger update planned before the summer season.

Mercedes F1 Team Principal Toto Wolff has confirmed that the team will bring further improvements to the W15 at Imola this weekend, following their initial updates in Miami… with much better to come.

So far this season, Mercedes has not matched the performance of Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren, but Wolff stated that the team now has a “clear understanding” of the areas needing improvement – acknowledging that it will take time for these efforts to bear fruit.

“We are now a quarter of the way through the season. The first six races have not been easy, but we have clearly understood where we need to improve and have mapped out a clear path to achieve it,” Toto Wolff assured before this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

As he had suggested after Miami, the Mercedes F1 director confirms the arrival of a comprehensive update package (read here), but it will not be seen on track until the start of the summer.

“It will take several races before we see the fruits of our labor, but everyone is working hard to show the progress made in the factory on the track as soon as possible.”

“In the meantime, we will look to maximize the package we have. We are bringing a few additional updates to Imola for this purpose, and I hope they will push us in the right direction while we wait.”

What can Mercedes F1 do at Imola?

“After two consecutive Sprints, we are now returning to the more usual weekend format. This gives us more time to fine-tune the settings, but Imola remains a demanding circuit that challenges both the car and the driver.”

“It features several fast and flowing sections, but also low-speed corners and a tricky, bumpy surface. It is narrow, which makes overtaking difficult, and has a lot of elevation changes. All of this combines to provide a stern test that we look forward to.”

Imola also carries a duty of remembrance. This year it has a dual significance, as Wolff explains.

“Of course, we will take the time with the rest of the paddock to reflect and remember Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna, whom we lost 30 years ago. As a team, we will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz’s victory at the 1924 Targa Florio. The Mercedes-Benz Classic team has done a superb job restoring the original car, and we look forward to seeing it compete for the Bandini Trophy this Wednesday – and then on track over the weekend.”

https://f1lead.com/formula-1/mercedes-f1-ramps-up-w15-development-sees-hope/

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