Toto Wolff Reveals When Mercedes’ Final 2021 F1 Upgrade is Going to Come

Published 07/02/2021, 11:02 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


The second practice session is done and dusted in the buildup to the Austrian Grand Prix. It was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who saw himself on top of the timesheet, while teammate Valtteri Bottas was down in second.

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However, in FP1 they seemed to have struggled as Hamilton was in seventh, and Bottas was up in fourth. However, Team Principal Toto Wolff can give some breathing space to his drivers, as he stated that there are upgrades coming for the British Grand Prix.

Wolff confirms development is coming to Mercedes at Silverstone

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Being asked after FP2 about the possibility of upgrades and how the wind tunnel has helped, Wolff replied, “Well, no the wind tunnel doesn’t work anymore on this year’s car. It’s basically understanding some of the floor that we can still look at.”

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – APRIL 26: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on April 26, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“There is not going to big parts changes. There is one development that is going to come onto the car in Silverstone, that has been down the sleeve for a long time,” Wolff concluded.

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Can the Silver Arrows bounce back in Austria?

The Brackley-based squad hasn’t won a Grand Prix since Monaco, and have lost the lead to rivals, Red Bull in the title race. They go again this weekend at the same venue as last week, where they were dominated by the pace of Max Verstappen.

However, they seemed to have learned from their mistakes, from the Styrian Grand Prix, as they topped the timesheet in FP2. But they should be alert as Verstappen was in third place.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Hamilton and Bottas are hoping to carry this performance into the third and final practice session of the weekend, and hope for a stellar performance in qualifying as well.

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A win in Austria might get their hopes and with upgrades coming to Silverstone, as suggested by Toto. The Silver Arrows can look to put on an intense fight with Red Bull, and claim the top spot in the Constructors’ Championship.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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