Mercedes to bring upgrades to British GP in bid to close up to Ferrari and Red Bull

Mercedes' main base in Brackley is 7.8 miles south-west of the Silverstone circuit.

Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott has confirmed that the Silver Arrows will be installing upgrades onto their W13 for next weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Silver Arrows have been inconsistent so far in 2022, with their misbehaving car working well at some circuits, but horribly at others as they endeavour to put a stop to their bouncing problems.

Fresh off two consecutive podiums through George Russell in Baku and Sir Lewis Hamilton in Canada though, it appears as though the eight-time champions are now taking steps in the right direction; they just need to keep pushing to stay on that trajectory and close the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.

“One thing you can be sure of is we will push as hard as we can,” said Elliott in Mercedes’ YouTube debrief.

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“We will be bringing new bits to Silverstone, we will be trying to push the car forward, trying to get some pace from the car we’ve got or from the package we’ve got as well as the new bits we are going to add to it.

“I think at the same time though we have to be honest with ourselves and say that at the moment we are just a little bit behind those front runners in Ferrari and Red Bull. 

“And in a normal race I think it is going to be tough.”

The British engineer suspects that the Silverstone circuit should be a little easier on the car, and is eager to start bringing home some wins.

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“I think Silverstone will be a circuit that suits us a little bit better, like Barcelona did, but maybe it will be just a little bit difficult. Whatever happens we will push as hard as we can,” added Eliott.

“Our drivers will push as hard as we can because we want to get back to winning. 

“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.”

Hamilton and Russell have managed five podiums between them this season, but remain third in the Constructors’ Championship – 116 points behind leaders Red Bull.