Mercedes confirms it will introduce its last upgrade at the US Grand Prix

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team will introduce its last car upgrade of 2022 at the United States Grand Prix.

With four more races left in the 2022 season, Mercedes has confirmed that their last upgrade for the W13 will be introduced at the next race – the United States Grand Prix.

“It’s our final step of aero development and that will hopefully give us a bit more performance but importantly with every step, we are learning more and more and that learning we can carry into next year,” Andrew Shovlin said.

“So that’s part of it, also there is a few bits where we have taken some weight out of components that will hopefully get the car closer to the weight limit.

“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, so, 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.

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“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.”

Shov then gave his thoughts on the newly resurfaced Circuit of the Americas.

“It’s a tricky circuit and it was a tricky circuit for us last year. It was very bumpy, there was a lot of overheating as well from the tyres and we weren’t performing as well as Red Bull were on the softer tyres.

“They have done some resurfacing so hopefully those issues with the bumps are a bit less but what’s very hard this year is to really know where you are going to be on the circuit before you’ve gone there and as I said in a previous answer, a lot of it is about learning.

“We will not really be going to make any predictions about where we are going to perform, we just need to go there on Friday, see what kind of issues we have and then see whether we can solve those with setup,” Shovlin concluded.

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