Mercedes issue warning to rivals for next race after success in Monaco

The Silver Arrows have their eyes on Canada after beating Red Bull around Monte Carlo

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Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton have sent strong warnings to their Formula 1 rivals after Mercedes produced a strong race to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix.

The low-speed nature of the Circuit de Monaco played perfectly into the hands of the Silver Arrows’ car concept by reducing their deficiencies in high-speed corners and in straight lines, allowing them to come within a few tenths of Charles Leclerc’s pole position.

But importantly, this was one of the first weekends for a long time where the engineers haven’t had to half-guess on the set-up direction as they hit the ground running and remained consistent throughout the remainder of the weekend.

This is something they seem keen to repeat at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada from June 7-9 at another track they believe will play to their strengths more than the traditional circuits such as Bahrain or Suzuka.

“Overall, we’ve had a positive weekend. We were much closer than we have been in qualifying so far this year and showed good pace throughout the race,” Toto Wolff told Sky Sports F1. “That was despite the first lap red flag which took away many of our strategy options.”

Wolff added, “The trajectory is going in the right direction. We’ve understood where we need to improve the balance of the car and we’re bringing updates to enhance that. We know there will be ups and downs depending on the circuits we go to but overall, I am happy with the development direction. Let’s see how we perform in Canada.”

Lewis Hamilton at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Mercedes / LAT Images
Lewis Hamilton at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Mercedes / LAT Images

How did Lewis Hamilton feel about Monaco weekend?

For Lewis Hamilton, he seemed as though he was Leclerc’s best challenger for pole position throughout the Free Practice sessions before he was unable to quite put the lap together in the final phase of qualifying, although in the end he didn’t seem to have the pace for pole anyway.

Nonetheless, he did have the chance to qualify in the top three without a mistake on his final run and remains upbeat despite a podium slipping away as Mercedes showcased a strong burst of speed in the city where he lives.

Interestingly, it was Hamilton who beat Max Verstappen to the fastest lap bonus point as they pit within a lap of each other for the same tyres showing that in a one-lap fight, the Brit could lap faster than his 2021 title rival. It left him upbeat for what might be there to come for Mercedes.

“There have been plenty of encouraging signs from our performance this weekend,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “The team has worked so hard to bring updates to the car and we’ve got more to come across the next few races.

“We have taken a step forward with the car and, if we can continue to make a few more, then we can hopefully get ourselves into the fight with the three teams ahead of us.”

Hamilton concluded, “I’m looking forward to going to Canada and seeing what we can do there.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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