For the Monaco GP, Mercedes maintains their F1 upgrading strategy

Even though the Monaco Grand Prix's narrow street circuit is not the ideal location for testing new parts, Mercedes is nonetheless committed to executing its significant update package there.


The substantial redesign of the W14 was supposed to make its premiere at this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, according to the German manufacturer. However, the chance for a first run on a more conventional track has now been missed due to the severe weather that forced the cancellation of the Imola event.

Mercedes' plans may have undergone a significant revision as a result of Imola's cancellation because the following race in Monaco is not ideal for introducing significant new components. Due to the bumpy layout, low-speed corners, and rapidly altering track surface, which make it extremely challenging to acquire useful data on aerodynamic performance, it also carries a higher danger of accidents, which might quickly destroy any new components.


It is clear that the upgrades, which include new side-pods, a modified floor, and a different front suspension, will deliver a significant improvement in performance, so delaying their introduction seems counterproductive. Additionally, the team is also aware that George Russell and Lewis Hamilton's lack of faith in the car, particularly when braking, has been one of their hindrances this season. 

It made sense to commit to the adjustments in a setting where any successes may pay off handsomely because improvements to the suspension in particular were intended to improve this. A further consideration is the fact that switching back to Mercedes' older specification would actually require more work than using the new one. Previously, the revised W14 had been shipped to Imola and is now heading directly to Monaco.

Therefore, it would have been a difficult logistical issue for the team to change its mind and redesign everything anew for the Monte Carlo weekend if it had decided to stick with the original package.