The Mercedes team have plans to bring bigger upgrade packages to the next coming rounds of the F1 world championship.
Are Mercedes back on a rise to the top?
The Mercedes team are looking to bring further upgrade packages to their car in the upcoming rounds of this years F1 championship. The next round of updates coming to the W14 are expected at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone circuit. Mercedes have already brought big upgrades the Monaco Grand Prix back in May with sidepods, a revised floor and new front suspension which seems to be working well for them.
Since the first round of upgrades came for the team besides Monaco, the team has been on the podium with a double podium at the Spanish Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and George Russell third. The previous race at the Canadian Grand Prix saw Hamilton take another podium finish in third and was on the back of Fernando Alonso in his Aston Martin throughout the race. This run of strong finishes makes the team from Brackley look like they are set for second best behind the dominant Red Bull RB19 which has won eight out of eight races so far in 2023.
Team Principal Toto Wolff was speaking to the motorsport.com in Canada and had this to say, “We're bringing a larger one to Silverstone. Then we should have another one before shutdown. 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.”
Mercedes also look to have finally fixed their issue between the simulator and on track running which hurt their 2022 season with just one race win coming from Russell in Brazil. With them now bringing regular updates the silver arrows are certainly making a push for the front of the grid and challenging Red Bull once again.
Since the team brought the new upgrades, development has quickly ramped up at the factory. Mercedes look to have finally found a development path they can follow and gain results from since Monaco but there is still a long way to go this season.
The development path Mercedes are now on is the one Lewis Hamilton originally suggested to the team last season and a few months ago revealed that the team was not listening to the seven time world champion's advice. Hamilton wanted the team to use his experience and knowledge of racing in F1 for 13 years to help but decided they needed to continue on the path they were on before realising in Bahrain after qualifying that this season was already write off for them.
Only time will tell if Mercedes will be fighting back at the front of the grid for wins as they target the 2024 season as their return to the top and chasing a ninth constructors championship.