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Mercedes applying Spa's lessons to Monza

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Mercedes has refined its low-drag aero package for Spa © Sutton Images
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Mercedes has refined its low-drag aerodynamic package for the Italian Grand Prix after struggling for front-running pace at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Despite qualifying on pole in the wet, Mercedes was off the pace of rivals Red Bull and Ferrari in the dry. Executive director Toto Wolff said the team has made some tweaks to its car from the lessons it learned at Spa-Francorchamps.

"In Monza, we will use a refined version of the low-drag package introduced at Spa," he said. "We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned over the race weekend in Belgium."

Team principal Ross Brawn said Mercedes main aim is to hold on to second in the constructors' championship.

"I was very pleased with the team's performance in Belgium and the consolidation of our current position of second place in the constructors' championship," he said. "We weren't quite in the position to fight for the win but we will keep pushing hard to close that gap and keep fighting.

"From an engineering perspective, Monza is unique and requires a special low-downforce aerodynamic package to make the most of the high-speed layout which also places great importance on the strength of the engine on the long straights."