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Mercedes

Wolff delivers verdict on Mercedes' Monaco upgrades

After an underwhelming start to 2023, Mercedes delivered a major upgrade package for the Monaco Grand Prix.

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Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says there were no "nasty surprises" with his team's upgrades for the Monaco Grand Prix.

After having flattered to deceive with a unique 'zero-sidepod' concept for 2022 and the start of 2023, the team went back to the drawing board and introduced a significant upgrade package that included a total redesign of the W14's sidepods and front suspension.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finished the Monaco race in fourth and fifth places, and despite the difficulties inherent in dialling in such a major change over a Grand Prix weekend, Wolff said he was cautiously optimistic with how the revised W14 had behaved.

"I think the worst would have been nasty surprises, and there weren't any. The car felt together, which is important," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"Still a bit nasty on the rear, so that's something which we need to dial out of the car for the next few races, but we have a new baseline and that's important to say this is what we have now.

"We've taken questions off the table where we weren't sure, with the front suspension or the extravaganza of our bodywork, so let's work from here.

"We're good at grinding away, and the work that was done in the factory to bring that update to Monaco was really a big effort."

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