Mercedes has the challenge of keeping upgrades at a pace others can’t keep up with

Mercedes believes it will be difficult for them to repeat the performance from the Montreal race weekend at the upcoming tracks, but they are bringing in further upgrades to continue their progress.

The Silver Arrows had their most competitive performance in Canada since the beginning of the current season. George Russell took pole position and took his first Mercedes victory in 2024, finishing third ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

This result came as both drivers had the benefit of the latest front wing on their cars for the first time. Mercedes technical director James Allison says the design works as expected and provides more benefit in Canada than in Monaco.

“We expected it to work well,” Allison said. “We expected him to deliver a bit more in Canada than in Monaco because the track in Canada, although unusual, is more of a normal track than Monaco was.”

“And it did, it provided more performance. It made the car easier to drive, it was well balanced and it made it a driver’s friend rather than something to fight with, which was problematic in the first part of the season for us.”

The driver line-up of the German team described the balance of the W15 car as a knife edge. However, the technical director of the record holder in consecutive constructors’ titles claims that he now has a wider operating space.

“I think we’ve expanded it significantly,” he explains. “There’s still a lot to do and we’ll know for sure when we go to the next track, which is Barcelona, ​​because there really is a very significant range of cornering conditions there. There is also a much hotter track so it will be quite a tough test for the vehicle.”

While the Brit is confident that Mercedes have improved their car, he believes further upgrades are needed to ensure it continues to perform at the level they enjoyed in Canada.

“The changes we’ve made definitely make this car a better car and that will be true at every track we go to,” he assures.

“The characteristics of Montreal probably make it look a bit faster than we have a natural right to command in the coming races. We’re more likely to be competitive, but not at the top [of the grid].”

“The following tracks are a bit stricter test of the car: hot asphalt, higher speeds in corners and so on. However, on that note, I also know what lies ahead. I also know what we are planning to further improve the car,” he pointed out.

“Our challenge is just to keep those upgrades going at a pace that others can’t keep up with. And in doing so, just bullying our car forward thanks to the efforts that everyone here has put in over the coming weeks and months to get the car so that it can have its weekend in Montreal or better at whatever track we face in the future,” he added.