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Mercedes has 'no sense of entitlement' over fight to improve

As Mercedes prepare to bring an upgrade package to the Monaco Grand Prix, Toto Wolff acknowledges that the formerly dominant team face "tough competition" as they look to bounce back from their recent struggles.

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes have "no sense of entitlement" as they attempt to return to the front of the Formula 1 pack.

The squad will bring updates to the W14 at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix weekend, having faced struggles with their car during the 2023 F1 season so far.

While the aim of this is to close the gap to the team's rivals, Wolff acknowledges that it is simply the "first step" in this mission.

"[Monaco] is a unique event but will still provide an opportunity to learn about the upgrades to W14 – but we also need to be careful not to draw too many conclusions from this one event," Wolff explained.

"We are introducing the first step in a new development direction."

Wolff: F1 is a tough competition

Wolff is hopeful that the upgrade can deliver more stability in the car for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, as well as acting as a base for continued improvement going forwards.

"It won't be a silver bullet; from my experience, they do not exist in our sport," the Team Principal continued.

"We hope that it gives the drivers a more stable and predictable platform. Then we can build on that in the weeks and months ahead."

Mercedes' fortunes in recent times have marked a stark contrast from their period of dominance between 2014 and 2020.

Despite this, Wolff does not feel that the former World Champions have any kind of entitlement in their battle to bounce back.

"F1 is tough competition and a meritocracy," he added.

"We are not where we want to be but there's no sense of entitlement. It's just about hard work to get us to the front."

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