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tot wolff expects tough grand prix in imola despite updates

Despite updates, Wolff expects tough GP in Imola: 'A big test'

14 May at 17:00
  • Ludo van Denderen

Times are tough for Mercedes. Team principal Toto Wolff's team could do with an appealing result in next weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola. That should happen with some new updates, Wolff revealed.

A quarter of the season is already over and the first six races have not been easy for Mercedes. "But we have built a clear understanding of where we need to improve and shaped a clear path forward to tackle that," Wolff says. "It will be several races before we see this bear fruit, but everyone is working hard to bring them as soon as is possible. In the meantime, we will be looking to maximise the package we have. We are bringing some more updates to Imola and hopefully they push us in the right direction."

Wolff commemorates Ratzenberger and Senna

After two sprint weekends in a row, a race in the familiar format awaits in Imola: three free practice sessions, a qualifying session and a Grand Prix on Sunday. "It affords us more time to refine the set-up, but Imola is still a demanding circuit that challenges both the car and the driver. It has several fast and flowing sections, but some low-speed corners too and a tricky, bumpy surface. It's narrow, which makes overtaking difficult, and has plenty of elevation. All that combines to provide a stern test and one we're looking forward to," Wolff said.

This year marks exactly 30 years since the two fatal accidents at the Imola Grand Prix. "We will of course take the time along with the rest of the paddock to reflect and remember Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna, who we lost 30 years ago."

"As a team, we will also be marking the 100th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz's victory in the 1924 Targa Florio. The Mercedes-Benz Classic team have done a superb job restoring the original car and we can't wait to see it running to the Trofeo Bandini awards on Wednesday - and then on track during the weekend."