Wolff: We hope to make some initial progress for Melbourne

Wolff: We hope to make some initial progress for Melbourne

Wolff: We hope to make some initial progress for Melbourne

Toto Wolff is hoping Mercedes would make some progress at the upcoming 2024 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, having had some time to analyze the first two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabian.

Mercedes staff have been burning the midnight oil ever since the 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, a race George Russell and Lewis Hamilton finished sixth and ninth respectively.

And the reason behind all this hard work was an attempt to understand and solve the issues that surfaced after their W15 was put to the test in the first two races of the 2024 Formula 1 season, problems Wolff labelled as fundamental.

Ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, Wolff seems optimistic that all the work done back at Brackley  over the two-week break, should produce some improvement.

Speaking in Mercedes‘ race preview, Wolff said: “We’ve been hard at work since Jeddah building on the learnings from the first two races.

“It’s encouraging to see the potential in the W15 but there are also clear areas of improvement. We have looked competitive in low and medium speed corners but high-speed has been a weakness so far.

“We have been working hard to understand why our performance hasn’t reflected our expectations. Improving that is a major focus. We hope to make some initial progress for Melbourne, and that work will guide our development in the weeks ahead.

“It’s great to feel the energy and determination running through the factories as we work to unlock the potential of the car,” the Austrian added.

The race in Melbourne should be an opportunity for Mercedes to maximize their potential, something they failed to do in the first two races according to their boss.

“We left points on the table in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia,” Wolff continued. “We started off each weekend strongly, running our usual practice programmes, but couldn’t deliver on that initial promise. With the chasing pack being so close, maximising the potential of the car each weekend is key.

“Albert Park gives us another chance to show what we can do. It is a great circuit in a great city, with a passionate and vocal fan base, and we look forward to returning,” Wolff concluded.

Mercedes head to Melbourne fourth in the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship with 26 points.