Published On: Wed, May 24th, 2023
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Lewis Hamilton won’t like six words said by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff ahead of Monaco GP | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton is set for a Monaco Grand Prix blow despite Mercedes bringing new upgrades this weekend. The seven-time champion has been excited by the prospect of the Silver Arrows’ new upgrades.

In Miami, the 38-year-old stressed he was “counting down the days” until the parts were fitted as he hopes to close the gap to the frontrunners.

Hamilton also claimed he was “really hopeful” the changes give the team a “step forwards” in performance. Mercedes are set to introduce a range of aerodynamic upgrades including tweaks to the floor and suspension updates.

The new features were supposed to make a debut at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix but will now be fitted for the first time at Monaco after the race at Imola was cancelled.

However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has attempted to dampen down expectations in the run-up to the race and his six words “it won’t be a silver bullet” will no doubt disappoint Hamilton.

Although previously claiming the new tools would cure the “poisonous” W14, the Austrian now appears to doubt how effective they will actually be. He said: “The revised calendar means that Monaco is now the starting point of the European leg of the season

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

“It won’t be a silver bullet; from my experience, they do not exist in our sport. 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.” Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell has also claimed the updates were unlikely to be a game changer.

But, Mercedes are in desperate need of something to salvage their season with the team appearing to have taken a backwards step. The German marque have secured just one podium in 2023 after Aston Martin’s surge up the pecking order.

Russell explained: “It’s not going to change the world for us in the short term but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction. I think we can’t get carried away ourselves, we need to do the talking on the track.

“We need to see how the upgrades perform when we get there.”

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