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After demonstrating some promising pace at the French GP, Mercedes confirm they will continue to introduce several upgrades for the rest of the season. 

Mercedes still lacks the raw performance to take race victories but has demonstrated impressive gains throughout the season's progression, including a double-podium in the Paul Ricard circuit. 

In the team's French GP debrief, chief strategist James Vowles explained the planned updates for the W13:

"In terms of the upgrades themselves, they are incremental steps, they're small steps that we're adding to the car. 

"But the important point is that we have plans to introduce far, far more [upgrades] across the races that follow."

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Vowles cautioned against the idea of taking a massive step with one update, instead highlighting the team's long-term potential:

"We're not going to be able to catch up in one go with Ferrari and Red Bull. 

"But hopefully, as you've seen across the season so far, we are incrementally closing that gap down and have more to come."

Whilst it might seem unwise to divert resources to the W13 in the latter stages of 2022, the continuity between the 2022 and 2023 cars means upgrades from this year will impact next year.

Red Bull and Ferrari still have the edge over the Silver Arrows, but the gap has undeniably closed, especially in race trim. 

With Mercedes now on an encouraging podium-finishing streak, the team is in a good position to take advantage of any mishaps made by their rivals. 

The implementation of the technical directive in Belgium could also play into their hands, with the mandatory floor changes expected to impact Mercedes' adversaries negatively. 

For all the talk of the budget cap, the development race will continue into the later stages of the season as teams fight for those incremental gains in the F1 Championship.