The Mercedes team claim they have not been idle since the last Formula 1 race in Australia and is preparing for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix this weekend with an improved W13 F1 car.
In the last race in Melbourne, the Mercedes team managed to capitalise on race events, including Max Verstappen’s retirement, which allowed George Russell to claim his first podium with Mercedes, while team-mate Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in fourth place.
Having struggled since the start of the 2022 campaign with a performance-starved car, Mercedes engineers are redoubling their efforts to try and fix the problems and so worked hard over the Easter weekend to be able to introduce an update to the W13 at Imola, although the reigning world champion team would not go into detail.
“We know we don’t have the pace of the Ferrari and Red Bull at the moment. But we are working hard to reduce their advantage, and it’s great to see everyone in the factories coming together to do that. There was a lot of hard work over the Easter weekend in the factory to make improvements to the car and get it ready for the next race, and that shows the team’s dedication to turning things around,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff ahead of the fourth round of the season.
“Of course we have to be realistic, it will take time to get the gains we want, but we are learning as much as we can from each race and finding ways to take us forward.”
While Mercedes is bringing an update to its W13 this weekend, the competition is not sitting still either as Red Bull has also decided to introduce a ‘small’ update to the RB18 (read more here).
Before the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Mercedes is second in the constructors’ world championship, 39 points behind Ferrari.