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Mercedes detail development plans over four-week break

Mercedes have outlined how they plan to tackle some of their key issues in the four-week gap between grands prix.

Mercedes have provided some details on how they plan to address their lack of performance compared to Red Bull prior to the Azerbaijan Formula 1 race. With the Mercedes W14 car failing to live up to expectations, the team have promised a complete overhaul of their design concept in order to make up the deficit to runaway championship leaders Red Bull. The Australian GP brought their first podium of the season, sparking hopes of some early progress, and Mercedes' Chief Technical Officer James Allison is hoping the team can convert discoveries from "a few weeks ago" into updates for the next event in Baku. "We are working as hard as we can in the wind tunnel to find more downforce, we will be working as hard as we can in the drawing office to convert the things that the wind tunnel found a few weeks ago into performance that we deliver to the track."

Mercedes pin hopes on suspension upgrades

With both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell seemingly attempting numerous setups to extract performance from the car, Mercedes have targeted developments aimed at giving the drivers more confidence. "We will be working in the drawing office also to bring some mechanical parts to the car, some different suspension components that we think will help the underlying balance of the car and make it a more driveable thing, making it something that the drivers have more confidence to push right to the limits," added Allison. "And we will be working on the normal sort of simulation loop and routine that allow us to prepare for the race weekends that are coming up, making sure that we land the car in the right place when we get to the race. "Those are the things we will be working on and hopefully we work well and strong and have a good showing when we show up in Baku in just a few weeks’ time."

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