Mercedes Resurgence: Hamilton Leads Charge as Wolff Promises More Upgrades and Stronger Competition

July 9th, 2024, 1:15 PM
Formule1.nl

This weekend, Lewis Hamilton demonstrated that Mercedes is back in the championship race. Alongside teammate George Russell, he occupied the front row on Sunday, later crossing the finish line first. Team boss Toto Wolff is thrilled with the outcome and believes that ‘his’ Mercedes has much more to show this season.

Following the British Grand Prix, the Austrian confirmed that there are two more upgrades in the pipeline. The W15 is already a formidable opponent, but according to Toto Wolff, other teams should brace themselves for even more competition from the silver arrows.

The team managed to win the last two races after a lackluster start to the season; Russell capitalized on the collision between Verstappen and Norris during the Austrian GP, while Hamilton won his home race for the ninth time last Sunday. This is the result of numerous minor adjustments to the car, which together have led to a ‘turning point’ in Brackley.

Upgrades in Hungary and Belgium

“This is just the beginning,” assured Toto Wolff after the British Grand Prix and Mercedes’ second victory of the season. “In Hungary and Spa, there will be more upgrades. We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, in Austria we mainly benefited from the clash between Verstappen and Norris, but at Silverstone, it was truly our own merit.”

“We had good pace – Lewis and George could compete with the other top teams regardless of the circumstances,” believed Toto Wolff. “If you consider that we weren’t even competing for the podium five races ago, you have to acknowledge that something is going well. Suddenly, the penny dropped and the results are as good as before. We are finding extra performance, putting it in the car, and recording faster lap times. This was not the case in the past two years.”

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