Mercedes plans British F1 GP upgrades amid heightened expectations

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With the Brackley-based team feeling they are finally making progress in unlocking the potential of the W13, the team have planned developments for the car for the next race at Silverstone.

But while the smoothness of the Northamptonshire track could be particularly good for the team, its technical director Mike Elliott remains cautious and keen to keep expectations in check that he can soon start challenging Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Speaking in Mercedes’ regular post-race video analysis after Canada, Elliott said of the team’s hopes for the British Grand Prix: “One thing you can be sure of is that we will attack as hard as possible.

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“We will bring new elements to Silverstone, we will try to bring the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car that we have or the package that we have as well as the new elements that we are going to add to it.

“I think at the same time we have to be honest with ourselves and say that, at the moment, we are just a bit behind the leaders of Ferrari and Red Bull. And in a normal race, I think that It is going to be difficult.

Mercedes have made a breakthrough in solving their porpoising problem with changes introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix.

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However, he found that to get the best performance from his car, it needed to drive very low to the ground, which proved awkward on bumpy tracks.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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But despite feeling that Silverstone should be better than recent races, he doesn’t expect things to be radically different.

“I think Silverstone will be a circuit that suits us a bit better, like Barcelona did, but maybe it will be a bit difficult,” added Elliott.

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“Whatever happens, we will push as hard as possible. Our riders will push as hard as possible because we want to get back to winning ways.

“We want to win for the team, we really want to win and we want to win for you fans, so let’s see what happens.”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff shared Elliott’s view on the British GP prospects, saying there is still a lot of work to do before the team gets back to where it wants to be .

“Silverstone has been good to us in the past and the circuit is smoother than the last three, but it’s not Barcelona,” he said.

“We should manage our own expectations and just tackle it, look at the data and come up with solutions that make sense: not just for Silverstone, but also for the future.”

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