In Russell's view, Imola F1 improvements won't alter the world

The extensive Imola enhancements being implemented by George Russell's Mercedes Formula 1 team "won't alter the world for us" immediately, he has cautioned.

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Mercedes quickly determined that continuing with its distinctive floor and side pod concept was a mistake after progressively falling behind Red Bull, the dominating team in F1 in 2023. The W14 is currently undergoing a massive overhaul that also addresses the front suspension, with the goal of making the car less challenging to handle for both Russell and Hamilton, who are both highly skilled drivers.

This weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, the first European race of the year, will be marked by the arrival of that eagerly anticipated update. Russell emphasized, though, that the Silver Arrows won't be able to make a significant improvement right now with his updated Mercedes. Instead, it's intended to provide the W14 with a much more reliable base from which to grow and draw performance in the future.

Russell noted after placing fourth in the Miami Grand Prix last weekend, two positions ahead of Hamilton, that "Imola is a new weekend, and we'll have some new components on the car." "Let's hope that's good. In the short term, it won't transform the world for us, but hopefully, it's a positive step.

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"I believe that we shouldn't go ahead of ourselves; instead, we should speak up on the racetrack. " When we arrive, we need to assess how well the upgrades function. We won't know if they are fantastic until Friday morning, so fingers crossed.

Mercedes trackside technical director Andrew Shovlin explained the idea behind this weekend's Imola upgrades: "We do hope that it is quicker, that it is better in terms of qualifying and race speed." "The important point is that we want to go in a different growth direction; we're not just aiming to offer a lap time upgrade. One that, in our opinion, provides us with a better opportunity to eventually compete for race victories and global titles. The first actions in that direction are represented by the Imola package. Later this year, we will release more upgrades.

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