Wolff: W12 ‘feels in better place’ after upgrades

Jamie Woodhouse
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes the race.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to finish the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff feels that a positive step was made with the upgrades brought for the W12 at Silverstone.

At a time when Red Bull were starting to assert dominance in both Championships, Mercedes gave their challenger a much-needed update, and it has done the trick.

Despite collisions with Red Bull rival Max Verstappen at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring, Mercedes were able to return to the top of the Constructors’ standings, while a victory at Silverstone and P2 in Hungary helped Lewis Hamilton back to P1 in the Drivers’ Championship.

But this fierce battle now rolls on to Belgium, in a season which Wolff describes as “one of the most intense that I can remember”.

With the W12 upgrades working nicely though, Mercedes are raring to go.

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“This has definitely been one of the most intense F1 seasons that I can remember, so far,” said Wolff as he previewed the Belgian Grand Prix.

“The battle is far from over and after a few weeks away from the track, we’re all really excited to get back to work.

“The shutdown is such an important time for the entire team. The chance to relax and recharge is invaluable, especially with such a busy second half of the season coming up, and the fight we have ahead of us.

“We’re all racers at heart though, so while we enjoyed the well-deserved time off, we’re also eager to get back to doing what we love: racing!

“We head to Spa-Francorchamps in a good position. We lead both Championships and the W12 feels in a better place, after the upgrades introduced at Silverstone and an encouraging showing in Hungary.

“But we know there is a long road ahead and so much can still happen in this season of ups and downs.

“Spa is a track that we all know and love, one of the true F1 classics with its iconic corners, long-flat out sections and beautiful scenery. It’s a hugely challenging track for both the drivers and the cars, with the longest lap of the season, lots of elevation change and some very high g-forces.

“The weather is also notoriously unpredictable at Spa and always throws a curveball our way. With the Belgian Grand Prix always producing exciting and fun racing, it’s the perfect place to start the second half of the season. Bring it on!”