Mercedes set to skip bringing any upgrades to the F1 Spanish GP: Reports

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George Russell (63) on track during the 2024 F1 Canadian Grand Prix. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Recent reports claim that Mercedes will not be bringing any updates to the 2024 F1 Spanish GP. The team will only focus on weight reduction in Barcelona.

Ever since 2022, they have tried almost everything to get back on top and challenge defending world champions Red Bull and Max Verstappen. The Silver Arrows brought their first major upgrade package for their 2024 F1 car in Miami, hoping to stay close to the likes of Ferrari and McLaren to close the gap on Red Bull.

However, it was not the most effective as Lewis Hamilton ended the race in P6, while Russell managed P8.

At Imola, the Brackley-based team introduced the second part of their aero upgrade package. Despite that, they continued to struggle to get into the top five.

According to Austrian reporter Tobi Grüner, Mercedes has no plans to bring an upgrade package at this week's Spanish GP (June 21 to 23). He claimed on X that though no aero upgrades are on the way, the team would introduce some new lighter parts.

"We hear Mercedes won't bring any aero upgrades to Barcelona this weekend. But the W15 will be fitted with some new weight saving parts underneath," he wrote.

Notably, team boss Toto Wolff spoke positively about their progress after Mercedes' recent performance at the 2024 F1 Canadian GP.


Toto Wolff's optimistic outlook on the rest of the season after Mercedes' first podium in Canada

George Russell took pole position during qualifying and managed to secure P3 in the Canadian Grand Prix. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton qualified in P7 and finished in P4.

The Silver Arrows have struggled to reach the top of the table in 2022 and 2023. They experienced issues with porpoising, wrong car concepts like zero sidepods, etc. Coming into 2024, they not only tried in vain to chase Red Bull but were also left behind by Ferrari and McLaren.

Despite that, Wolff was happy with the team's recent upward trajectory and stated that the direction has started to make sense to them after such developments as in Canada. Speaking to F1.com, he said:

"We’ve had this positive trajectory since the last three races and everything seems to be making much more sense. The stopwatch will tell us. You really need to work your way through the problems. I think definitely since Imola we’ve taken the right steps and put parts on the car that were working."
"We have new parts coming in Barcelona. That should help us, so I would very much hope that we can continue this positive trajectory," he added.

After the Canadian GP, Mercedes stand in fourth place in the constructors' championship with 124 points.

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Edited by Aayush Kapoor
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