Toto Wolff reveals when Mercedes’ next upgrades will arrive

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Toto Wolff explains Mercedes is following Ferrari’s “step by step by step” upgrades strategy and reveals when next upgrades are coming.

Mercedes introduced its first upgrades of the 2024 season over the Miami, Emilia Romagna and Monaco grands prix weekends.

After the Monaco Grand Prix, team boss Toto Wolff said he believes the team now has the right development trajectory.

“Yeah, I think we were more or less different, but I think we were that close also in qualifying when you look at the gaps… probably much closer in the race,” the Austrian said.

“But at the end… I think overall the trajectory is going in the right direction. I think we’ve understood where the balance of the car needs to be.

“We’ve been bringing bits and pieces in order to enhance that and as I said yesterday saw the trajectory going up, but it’s maybe like a shell, right?

“So it’s going to be up and down, better tracks, worse tracks, so we’re absolutely happy with the approach.”

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When asked what the team’s expectations are for the rest of the season, Toto said:

“So the thing is that you just got to chip away performance by performance.

“McLaren did a sensational step last year from one race to the other. They kept adding performance on a concept that functioned.

“Ferrari has been doing it step by step by step and we did it very well last year. This is where I see ourselves.

“You just got to bring us into a position that we can fight with the guys in front and that we can fight for wins, that we can fight for podium.

“And that’s something that we have absolutely as an objective in the short term as well.”

Asked to provide an update on his previous comment that Mercedes’ problems are like not having a big enough duvet, the Austrian explained:

“I think what we’re doing now is probably solving that. I don’t think that the duvet is large enough to cover feet and head at that stage. But we’re getting there.”

He then revealed more upgrades are coming in the next two races.

“And Montreal again is a little bit of an outlier for track. We’re going to add something and we’re going to add something for Barcelona.

“So just try to chip away, bearing in mind that could be also setbacks,” Wolff concluded.

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