Formula 1 teams wait for the next race to show news after the cancellation of the Grand Prix in Emilia Romagna
The team mercedes f1 is preparing to make his mark in Monacodefying all expectations with a package of improvements originally scheduled to be unveiled at Imola. These changes promise to revolutionize the circuit, even after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was canceled due to flooding.
Mercedes F1 has qualified this step as the start of his recovery towards the head of the pelotonafter a difficult start to the 2023 campaign. According to Mercedes director of track engineering Andrew Shovlin, the package of Imola represents the first step on that road to victory. Shovlin emphasized that these types of improvements require painstaking and lengthy development in the wind tunnel, and are not adjustments that can be made overnight.
Confirmed improvements for Monaco despite challenges
However, the team doesn’t focus solely on improving lap times. Beyond expectations of a faster car and better performance in both qualifying and the race, Mercedes F1 is looking to initiate a different development direction. One that, in the words of the team, will offer better long-term opportunities to compete for race wins and world championships.
Although there was speculation that the improvements would be carried over to the Spanish Grand Prix a week after Monaco, a Mercedes spokesperson has confirmed to Motorsport Week that the new parts will be installed on the car in Monaco. This decision stands despite the slow-speed nature of the circuit and the challenge it can present in understanding the potential of the upgrades.
Risk of accidents and shortage of spare parts
On the other hand, the probability of accidents is higher on the narrow circuit of Monaco. This could cause the team to be short on new parts related to their buff pack, should a driver come in contact with the wall. However, Mercedes seems willing to take the risk and go ahead with your plans.
It is uncertain if other teams will also decide to bring their improvements to Monaco. Although it is understood that Ferrari could choose to delay its new suspension and introduce it in Barcelona. This puts Mercedes in an advantageous position as they could get ahead of their competitors in the race to the top. With these improvements, Mercedes F1 looks to return to being at the forefront of Formula 1. Thus, the presentation in Monaco is only the beginning of a series of updates that they plan to introduce throughout the year.