Mercedes GP has confirmed it will use its short-wheelbase iteration of the W01 chassisMercedes will rever to its short-wheelbase for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

The defending Constructors’ Champion unveiled a radically overhauled W01 – featuring a host of aerodynamic updates and a longer wheelbase – at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, which allowed Michael Schumacher to have a much more competitive showing on his way to a season’s best 4th placed finish.

Germany’s RTL is reporting that the shorter-wheelbase W01 – driven to the podium twice by Nico Rosberg – will compete at Monaco as it will be better suited to the slow confines of the classic street circuit layout.

However, the W01 will still be fitted with the other aero updates seen in Spain, such as the knife-like roll-hoop structure and split engine cover air intakes (pictured).

"I am very optimistic that we will be more competitive than in Barcelona," Mercedes GP CEO Nick Fry told RTL.

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