Mercedes planning British GP upgrades amid heightened expectations

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

But while the slick nature of the Northamptonshire track could be particularly good for the team, its technical director Mike Elliott remains cautious, keen to keep expectations at bay that it can soon start challenging Red Bull and Ferrari.

Speaking on Mercedes’ regular video analysis after the race to Canada, Elliott said of the team’s hopes for the British Grand Prix: “One thing you can be sure of is we will be pushing as hard as we can.

“We’re going to bring new parts to Silverstone, we’re going to try to push the car forward, try to get some pace out of the car that we have or the package that we have and the new parts that we’re going to be tackling add it

“I think at the same time we have to be honest with ourselves and say that we are just a little bit behind the leaders Ferrari and Red Bull at the moment. And in a normal race, I think it’s going to be strong.”

Mercedes made a breakthrough in solving its porpoise problem with changes introduced at the Spanish Grand Prix.

However, it has found that in order to get the best performance out of its car, it needs to be running very low to the ground, which has proved problematic on bumpy tracks.

George Russell, Mercedes W13

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But despite believing that Silverstone should be better than recent races, it doesn’t expect things to change dramatically.

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

“Whatever happens, we will push as hard as we can. Our drivers will push as hard as possible because we want to win again.

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

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has shared Elliott’s views on the prospects for the British GP and said there is still a lot of work to be done before the team is back where it wants to be.

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

“We should manage our own expectations and just grind properly, look at the data and find sensible solutions: not only for Silverstone, but also for the future.”

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