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Mercedes may not have raced with its controversial wheel spacer design for the past few Formula 1 grands prix, but it has not stopped developing the idea as the latest updates used in Brazil show.
The spacer works in conjunction with the rear wheel to regulate tyre temperatures, but since the United States Grand Prix the team has elected not to use it in a bid to avoid any risk of a protest from Ferrari – which has questioned the legality of the design.

But despite the political background behind its decision to not race the concept, and speculation over what impact this has had on the performance of the Mercedes cars, it is clear the team is still pushing the design hard.
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