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The British GP was a success for Mercedes, who came closer to optimising the W13 to bring another podium trophy to Brackley. 

However, more important than Hamilton's result was the consistent pace Mercedes had throughout the event, which was enough to challenge Ferrari for victory. 

The team's underlying weaknesses remain, as the W13 still clearly struggles with tyre temperatures, which was made most apparent in the Safety Car restart, where it took Hamilton several laps to regain his pace. 

Still, Mercedes can be optimistic about their progress, a sentiment Lewis Hamilton expressed post-race, as quoted by Sky F1:

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"I think it's hugely encouraging we were in the fight. We had an upgrade, and I think the race pace was definitely improved. 

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I don't think we're in a winning position yet. But we're not far away. 

We're on the turning point... we're still on the bend. [There has been] big improvement on the car, but we've still got work to do."

This week's Austrian GP will be a test for Mercedes, who will be keen to evaluate how successfully they have addressed porpoising at a circuit that will be far more demanding.

With Austria hosting the second Sprint race of the weekend, it will be intriguing to assess how quickly the team can adapt to what will prove an extremely intense weekend.