Lewis Hamilton is hopeful that Mercedes' final big upgrade of the season at the United States Grand Prix will provide answers for its 2024 car.
The team will introduce a new floor for the W14 in Austin with no further huge packages expected as the eight-time champions look to try and secure second place in the Constructors' - currently leading Ferrari by 28 points with five rounds remaining.
For the first time since 2011, Mercedes is facing a winless season in Grand Prix racing, with Hamilton's own drought stretching back to the 2021 Saudi Arabian GP but he is optimistic that the Austin upgrades will signal a development path the team can focus on for 2024's W15 machine.
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"[There] has been a huge amount of work back at the factory and this is the last of the biggest updates through the season and I'm really excited to see how it feels," Hamilton told media including RacingNews365.
"All the amazing people back at the factory have worked incredibly hard during the whole season, and hopefully this kind of tips the needle a little bit and helps us in the right direction of what we want to pursue for next year.
"I don't know exactly all the different parts of the circuit that I will feel it, but hopefully it is a global improvement and puts use a little bit closer to the guys ahead."
Hamilton also reflected on the Qatar weekend in which he crashed out of the Grand Prix after Lap 1 Turn 1 contact with team-mate George Russell - but insisted he was only looking to the future.
"[I'm just going to] move forwards," he said.
"The great thing about our sport is that there's always another day to get back on the horse and just be pushing, moving forward and there is nothing I can do about the past.
"There's definitely things we can learn from, I can learn from, which I have, and I am just focused on getting back in [the car] and [am] excited for these next races that come, especially the back-to-backs [of the US-Mexico-Brazil triple-header]."