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Mercedes outline how they can beat Ferrari to P2 in Constructors' fight

After their strong performance at the Mexican Grand Prix, Mercedes have closed the gap to Ferrari in the Constructors' Championship and remain determined to continue the fight in the final two races of the 2022 F1 season.

Mercedes have outlined what they need in order to beat Ferrari to P2 in the Constructors' Championship. The Silver Arrows had one of their strongest weekends of the 2022 F1 season so far at the Mexican Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell finishing ahead of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. This enabled the team to close the gap to the Scuderia to 40 points with two races remaining. While Mercedes have endured mixed fortunes throughout the year, the Brackley-based squad are determined to take the fight to Ferrari until the end of the campaign.

Mercedes: Our goal is to finish second in 2022 championship

In a race debrief video looking back at the events of Mexico, Mercedes' Motorsport Strategy Director, James Vowles, explained that the team are feeling positive about the points they were able to take away from Ferrari. "It's very clear what our internal goal is," Vowles said. "We are here to finish second in the championship, and every single race that we can start pulling that points gap down is a success. "In Mexico we took just 13 points out of them, so there is still 40 left to go with two races. Fortunately one of those [Brazil] is a Sprint race. "I think we have a package now, unlike at the beginning of the season or the mid-season, that can really bring the fight to them."

How Mercedes can beat Ferrari to P2

Despite this, Vowles acknowledges that Mercedes may need everything to fall in their favour in order to overcome the 40-point deficit to Ferrari. "40 points is a tremendous ask," he explained. "It will need us really having everything perfect, everything right, and Ferrari perhaps to give us opportunities to open the door for us to pick up second. "What I can tell you is that we are not giving up until the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi."

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