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Mercedes make a detour on the way to Barcelona for some extra track time

Mercedes have used the second of their two permitted filming days for the 2022 F1 season by running the W13 at Paul Ricard on Wednesday.

Mercedes have hit the track with their W13 between the Miami and Spanish Grands Prix after electing to carry out a filming day at Paul Ricard. A photo of George Russell in action at the French Grand Prix venue was shared on Mercedes'social media channels on Wednesday night. Paul Ricard marked a convenient stop-off for the team as they made their way to Barcelona, while offering similar air and track temperatures. Mercedes are expected to bring more upgrades to the Spanish Grand Prix, after trialling several new parts and set-ups last time out in Miami.

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Filming Day = ✅ Straight on the ✈️ to Barcelona. 💪 pic.twitter.com/30tVz2MvVt — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) May 18, 2022

What could Mercedes do during their filming day?

As per F1's regulations, Mercedes were limited to 100 kilometres of running - equivalent to 17 laps of the full Paul Ricard track - on specially-supplied demo tyres from Pirelli. The primary purpose of a filming day is to capture content for team partners and the media, while they are often used as dedicated shakedown sessions for new cars. Mercedes have now used up their two permitted filming days for the year, having also taken to the Silverstone Circuit before pre-season testing.

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