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Mercedes: Austin upgrades focused on learning for 2023

2022 Japanese Grand Prix 2022, Saturday - LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin revealed that they aim to gather data for the 2023 car development with the upcoming updates.

Mercedes are set to bring an upgrade package to the United States GP. Shovlin stated that the Silver Arrows want to get more information for the development of the 2023 car.

“It’s our final step of aero development and that will hopefully give us a bit more performance,” he said on Mercedes’ post-Japanese GP debrief.

“But importantly with every step, we are learning more and more, and that learning we can carry into next year.

“Also, we have taken some weight out of components that will hopefully get the car closer to the weight limit.”

At the same time, Shovlin did not make predictions about how the updated W13 car will perform.

“It’s very difficult for us to predict where we are going to be. In Singapore, Lewis was awfully close to pole position, yet in Suzuka, both cars had a big gap to the front.

“Now, our race pace has been reasonably strong. If we can make a step, hopefully, we can get into the fight with the Ferraris and the Red Bulls, but qualifying for us is the really difficult one to predict at the moment.

“But as I said, a lot of it is about learning, and we are certainly going to give it our best shot in the final four races.”

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