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Lotus’ upgrades will be a new front wing endplate, new aerodynamics around the rear drums, modifications to the diffuser and a different top rear wing, while Mercedes needs to add pace.

“A lot of effort is being put in to close that gap to the front-runners,” Hamilton said.

Pirelli tires have been under the spotlight recently for wearing out too quickly, and teams will get an extra set of hard tires for practice sessions to ensure drivers run for longer, rather than conserving tires for the race.

Also, F1 officials will reportedly meet in Barcelona to discuss a potential new system that could lead to drivers facing race bans for repeat misbehavior. The new system could replace grid penalties and fines that are currently levied against drivers for reckless driving.