Toto Wolff doubts Imola upgrade will be “a silver bullet”

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Toto Wolff says he has never in his F1 career “seen a silver bullet being introduced, where suddenly you unlock half-a-second performance”.

Mercedes is set to introduce a huge upgrade for the W14 at the next race in Imola, but team boss Toto Wolff warns nobody should not expect a sudden huge performance improvement.

“We need to manage our own expectations because we’re bringing an update package that’s going to consist of new suspension parts and bodywork,” the Austrian said.

“But I have never in my 15 years in F1 seen a silver bullet being introduced, where suddenly you unlock half-a-second performance.

“So I very much doubt that this is going to happen here.”

Wolff then explained what he is looking for with the new upgrade.

“What I’m looking forward to is that we take certain variables off the table where we believe we could have introduced something that we don’t understand in the car, and to go more to a stable platform.

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“Then we should see where the baseline is and what we can do from there.”

He also added that it’s a good thing to have the upgrade arrive just as Formula 1 is getting ready to embark on the first triple-header of the season.

“It’s good to have three races in a row to understand what’s actually happening and then it gives us maybe a little bit of a buffer later on to filter that and then take next decisions of what to do in terms of updates.

“Monaco between the two is something where it’s a single lap issue and a tyre that comes into life quickly.

“None of that we do good, so let’s see where we are in Imola,” Wolff concluded.

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