Wolff: No 'adverse behaviour' from new-spec Mercedes automotive


Mercedes’ long-awaited upgraded W14 automotive did not tear up the tarmac in Friday’s apply classes in Monaco, however workforce boss Toto Wolff was glad to notice that the new-spec automotive didn’t present any “adverse behaviour”.

Mercedes’ vital updates developed round a brand new entrance suspension and revised sidepods, with the workforce creating its automotive away from the skinny, ‘zero-sidepod’ idea it launched final yr.

Lewis Hamilton concluded his day P6 and labeled the automotive an enchancment because of its updates whereas George Russell was additionally upbeat in regards to the automotive’s prospects.

Wolff admitted that Monaco wasn’t one of the best venue to evaluate a automotive’s full improve package deal however the Austrian was relieved by the absence of adverse suggestions from his drivers or engineers.

“It is tough with Monaco, actually tough to evaluate,” Wolff stated. “However not less than we have not seen any behaviour of the automotive that may have been deemed as actually adverse.”

Requested if Hamilton and Russell had given the package deal a convincing seal of approval, Wolff stated: “I’ve by no means heard a driver saying in Monaco that feels good!

“I feel it is at all times on the knife’s edge. You have seen that with Sainz. And subsequently not a lot of nice reward, however undoubtedly entering into the precise course.”

Wolff was fast to reward his workforce’s crews and people again at Brackley who labored wonders to deliver to life the W14’s newest upgrades, describing the trouble as “huge”.

“You see the entire bodywork is completely different, entrance suspension, the ground is completely different,” he commented.

“A mega job of everyone in Brackley to have delivered that, and now that is our new baseline and we’ve to work from right here.”


Wanting forward at this weekend’s spherical of racing in Monte Carlo, Wolff reckons that Crimson Bull and Verstappen stay the outright favourites.

“Max was in his personal class on the long term,” he stated. “I feel we’re fairly shut collectively on a single lap, not less than right now, however in the long term you see a automotive that has efficiency and has no degradation. They’ve completed a superb job.”

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