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Barcelona: Opportunity to Establish a New Baseline

A chance to put the upgrades on the W14 to the test

Following on from a chaotic Monaco GP that saw the team finish P4 and P5, F1 moves straight onto Spain and the Circuit de-Barcelona Catalunya.

There are some changes to the track layout in Barcelona with the removal of the final chicane. But the track is still a strong all-round test of an F1 car, so we'll be looking to learn as much as we can from our new upgrades.

"It's always a challenge when rain falls midway through a race and the Team handled it well in Monaco," said Toto.

"We made the right calls and scored some solid points. It is impossible to evaluate our upgrades on a circuit like Monaco, but at least we didn't have any nasty surprises.

"We now move on to Barcelona. Spain will provide an opportunity for us to establish a new baseline with the W14. It is a track that we are familiar with, although the removal of the final chicane will make it a much quicker lap.

That provides a good opportunity for us to learn about the new package.

Toto Wolff

"It comprises a wide range of corner types; that provides a good opportunity for us to learn about the new package.

"We don't expect to see a step change in performance, but we're hopeful it will provide a more stable platform.

"After the Grand Prix weekend, Mick will also get his first real-world taste of the W14 on the second day of the Pirelli tyre test.

"He has done a great job with the Team so far, working hard back in the simulator and giving valuable input trackside.

"We're looking forward to him getting his first taste of on-track running this year, and sure it will help him in his role as Reserve Driver."