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After a tricky start to the season, Mercedes find themselves much closer to the front, just 30 points adrift of second-placed Ferrari in the standings. 

The Brackley-based team has overcome several of the W13's most significant weaknesses, including extreme difficulty generating temperature and susceptibility to porpoising.

Andrew Shovlin explained Mercedes' impressive performance at the Hungaroring and revealed that more upgrades are planned after the summer break, as quoted by

"This last [double podium in Hungary] was particularly satisfying because we weren't relying on the misfortune of anyone dropping out with a reliability problem. 

"The car pace was also very good... the most satisfying thing, though, is to see where the car is in terms of pace in qualifying and the race. 

"We had a lot of ground to make up from the start of the year, we've been working really hard trying to bring bits to every race, and it is really satisfying now to see we are racing with the Ferraris, with the Red Bulls."

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Mercedes will be satisfied with their improved understanding of the W13, which has allowed them to fight for podiums consistently and - more recently -  put themselves in contention for victory. 


Still, more lap-time must be found to stand on equal footing with Red Bull and Ferrari. There will be a final push to introduce updates after the summer break before entirely focusing on development for 2023:

"We've got more [upgrades] coming. We are trying to bring some performance to Spa that will hopefully close the gap. We haven't got far to go now. But we'll keep developing the car for a little while now."

"The last few races have been the most fun we've had all year, and we are just hoping that we can take that extra step because we definitely want to be winning races in the near future, so we are working hard to try and achieve that."

There were concerns the budget cap would make the pecking order more stagnant, preventing teams from making meaningful development throughout the season.

This has not been the case, as most teams have been capable of introducing improvements (though varying in size and effectiveness) for most of the year so far.

With that said, the final stretch of European races will likely be where teams begin to commit themselves fully to 2023.