Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the outgoing Constructors’ Champions competitiveness ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix.
Wolff, 50, said: “The upgrades we brought to Texas delivered a step forward and we were closer to the front than we have been recently.
“We need to keep this momentum going. We’re cautiously optimistic heading to Mexico but the W13 can be unpredictable from track to track, so we’ll have to wait and see.”
Mercedes came very close to winning last weekends United States Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton, eventually finishing second, while George Russell came home fifth, despite the Briton having damage to his car.
If Austin is anything to go by, Mercedes are likely to be competitive in the middle sector of the Mexico City circuit, which is similar to the “esses” section of the Circuit of the America’s.
However, the two long straights will possibly expose one of the W13’s weaknesses of straight-line speed.
Dutch driver Nyck De Vries, who is joining AlphaTauri in 2023, replaces George Russell in FP1, as Mercedes satisfy the rule requiring seat time be provided to “rookie” drivers.
On this, Wolff said: “Nyck will be replacing George in FP1 this weekend as part of the young driver session allocation. We’re excited to see him back in W13 and seeing how he performs.”