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Wolff cools upgrade talk: We've never seen a silver bullet

The Mercedes team boss says there will not be any overnight solution that enables the team to find extra performance, as they look to turn around their fortunes.

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Toto Wolff has calmed any expectations for a quick turnaround of Mercedes problems by suggesting that there is "no silver bullet" that will unlock half-a-second of performance.

Mercedes will be introducing upgrades in Imola which Wolff has previously described as "large surgery" aimed at dissecting the inconsistent performance of the W14.

But the team boss is quick to downplay any expectations that Mercedes will suddenly unlock lap time from any updates, as it will require a lot of correlation work with their simulations.

"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," said Wolff to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"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: We can take certain variables off the table

Wolff explains that Mercedes has been stuck trialling extreme setup variations between both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to get to the bottom of their problems, with the upgrades aimed at taking "certain variables" off the table.

He added: "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. Then we should see where the baseline is and what we can do from there."

Wolff is optimistic Mercedes can extract the most from the upcoming triple-header, which features the Monaco Grand Prix.

"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."

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