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Mercedes had a difficult start to the season, finding themselves significantly behind title contenders Red Bull and Ferrari.

However, with this being the first season of a major regulation change, there is still a chance for the German-based team to make up some ground. Their upgrades have been monitored intensely by fans throughout the season, in a bid to gauge the trajectory of the current Constructors Champions. 

Mercedes continue to struggle in getting the desired result from their upgrades, citing correlation issues as a recurring issue that continues to obstruct them. Indeed, their failure to translate the information from the wind tunnel into performance has been their biggest issue. 

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In an interview with autosport.com, Toto Wolff admitted that Mercedes are unclear about the correct steps to take, and are still in a phase of "trial and error":

I think we're trying to find a solution that not only fixes the bouncing. You can patch up the floor and make it stiffer, but you lose downforce and at least make the car more stable, but that's not the direction we're going.

You can't replicate the bouncing that we see on track in the windtunnel. And therefore, it's like in the old days, it's a little bit of trial and error, what does it actually do in real life?

The Mercedes Team Principal also admitted that every weekend will be "a little bit of a live experiment" as they look to understand their issues, particularly with porpoising.

Mercedes have certainly shown signs of promise in 2022, taking top three finishes with both Lewis Hamilton and George Russell this season.

Despite this, some speculate that the gap between Mercedes and the leaders will be too great to overcome. Even if Mercedes are successful in bridging the gap, they will need to hope that Red Bull and Ferrari themselves are not making progress with upgrades themselves. 

Miami will ultimately give Mercedes a chance to recover lost ground, but time is of the essence for Mercedes, as they continue to search for lap time.