“We still have more performance ahead of us” – Motorsport Week

Mercedes says there will be more power in the near future as it tries to get closer to rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.

The Brackley-based team started the 2022 season with setbacks as new technical regulations were introduced and are yet to claim a race win this year.

The W13 car was slowly improved over the first half of the season, with Mercedes claiming back-to-back double podium finishes in the last two Grands Prix.

As it looks to take the next step in performance, it says upcoming upgrades should give it a more competitive car.

“Well we have more to come,” said Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director, in his latest F1 Debrief video.

“We’re trying to bring a performance to Spa that will hopefully close this gap, we don’t have much more plans now. But we will continue to develop the car for a while now.

“We’re pretty excited though, the last couple of races have been the most fun we’ve had all year and we’re just hoping we can take that extra step because we definitely want to win races in the near future, so we’re working hard to to achieve that.”

Shovlin says Mercedes’ double podium result at Budapest last Sunday was particularly satisfying as it was achieved without relying on the reliability issues ahead of him on track.

“The latter was particularly satisfying because we didn’t have to rely on anyone dropping out because of a reliability issue,” he said.

“Autopace was also very good and it’s always nice to have a good race before going on holiday.

“But the most satisfying thing is seeing where the car is now in terms of pace in qualifying and the race.

“We’ve had a lot of ground to gain since the beginning of the year, we’ve worked really hard to bring something to every race and it’s really satisfying to see that we’re racing with the Ferraris now, with the Red Bulls at the front.”

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