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Mercedes encouraged as Silverstone upgrade closes gap to Red Bull | 2021 British Grand Prix

Mercedes encouraged as Silverstone upgrade closes gap to Red Bull | 2021 British Grand Prix

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Mercedes say the upgrade package they introduced at the British Grand Prix helped cut their deficit to Red Bull, but it is their last major step this year.

Several teams are ending their development programmes early this year to concentrate on their new cars for the

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, when overhauled technical regulations will be introduced.

The team’s technical director James Allison was pleased by the gains they saw from the new parts used at Silverstone. “We brought a decent aero package to the track, we definitely saw an improvement in our performance and we were very happy with it,” he said in a video released by the team.

“Whether the performance was a little bit more or a little bit less than we imagined is really hard to tell because you don’t get the luxury of performing a controlled experiment. You don’t run the old package and the new package several times doing back-to-back tests with fresh tyres each time, because the weekend just doesn’t give you that luxury.

“Nevertheless you do and are able to make some comparison because you make measurements on the car with all the sensors and you can compare back to the weekends before and look at the performance of the car before and compare to the one that you had this weekend and it did all seem to be behaving very well.

“If you then look at the stopwatch, you could seen that just relative to the field we had moved forward this weekend, we were able to close some ground on Red Bull and we were able to have a more competitive weekend as a result. So, we came home from the weekend pretty chipper about the upgrade.”

The team will only bring minor changes to its W12 over the remaining races, he added.

“Is there any more to come? There may be, here and there. But the vast, main industrial effort of our development programme, that was the last big package that we will bring this year.

“But there will be a few tweaks here and there where we can see efficiently that we can bring some performance without distracting us from the big effort that is now going into next year’s car.”

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July 22, 2021 at 09:24AM

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