Mike Elliott provides an update on Mercedes’ 2023 car development

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Mercedes’ Technical Director Mike Elliott says the team is “well into next year’s car at the moment”, and says they “know what we need to put right”.

Mercedes’ 2022 car has not performed at the level the team has expected. Numerous issues have plagued the car throughout the season, but in recent races the team seems to have finally been able to improve it.

The team’s technical director Mike Elliott now reveals lessons have been learned when it comes to the development of the 2023 car.

“Obviously, we’re well into next year’s car at the moment,” Elliott said.

“I think in terms of trying to predict what sort of lap time you need to find it’s quite difficult. I think there are races this year [when] we’ve been very close.

“In fact, our race performance has been pretty decent at a number of races, and there have been races where we’re somewhere away.

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“And I think what we’ve been trying to do is to understand that and I think we do understand that now. We know what we need to put right.

“So you’re then looking to say once you put that right, how much performance do you need to find?

“And I’m obviously not going to give you a number because that would be giving a lot away, but I think it’s within the bounds of what’s possible to find.

“So I think we’ve got to work diligently, work hard over the winter, but hopefully we can get ourselves back into position where we’re fighting right at the front,” the Briton concluded.

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