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Mercedes remain optimistic ahead of F1 Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has emphasized the challenge ahead as they gear up for the F1 Canadian Grand Prix following a mixed performance in Monaco.

With the Formula 1 grid growing ever tighter, Wolff has acknowledged the necessity for relentless effort to chase down front-runners Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren.

The 52-year-old leader expressed the team's recognition of the fierce competition, stating, "The field has compressed, and we are under no illusions that others will continue to improve. We will have to continue to work hard and diligently to get ourselves into the mix."

Mercedes entered the current season with optimism after rethinking their car philosophy during the winter break. Despite initial hopes for a resurgence, Mercedes have yet to see the desired results from the new approach, with George Russell's fifth-place finishes being the team's best performance after eight rounds.

Wolff underscored the team's commitment to narrowing the gap, highlighting the potential of their revised design over the previous 'zero-pod' concept. "We had an encouraging weekend in Monaco," he stated. "We continued to make solid progress with our car, improving its overall balance and taking a step closer to those ahead."

While the Monaco Grand Prix saw Mercedes maintain similar finishing positions to the season opener in Bahrain, there were promising signs, particularly from Lewis Hamilton's consistent pace throughout practice sessions.

With both Hamilton and Russell set to receive updated parts for the Canadian Grand Prix, Wolff anticipated a more effective showing compared to the previous race.

"The progress isn't yet showing in terms of positions," Wolff admitted, "but if we can continue to close the gap to the fastest cars, we know it will in due course."

Looking ahead to the Canadian Grand Prix, scheduled for June 7-9, Mercedes aim to capitalize on their ongoing developments. The race, set to unfold over 70 laps at the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, marks the ninth round of the Formula 1 season. 

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