Engineering director Andrew Shovlin pointed out that the victory over Verstappen in Bahrain does not explain the performance of these two cars
CLike almost everyone watching the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes could not explain how they managed to get their first victory of the season, considering the superiority that Red Bull showed throughout the weekend.
Mercedes track engineering director Andrew Shovlin tried to prove that Hamilton and Bottas were not as bad as Sakhir’s Verstappen RB16B, which happened to show off their harvest. Of course, if you only look at the mechanical factors, it is really troublesome.
“Compared with them (Red Bull), we have no advantage. For many years, we have been able to rely on straight or high-speed corners, and also on connected corners, but seeing what happened, no, we stood in his At the height of “no terrain”, maintenance technicians are by his side.
“There are a few corners in qualifying that really set us apart. In the fastest situation, at the 9th and 10th turns, they are very strong. This is the main thing. In qualifying, We are in their best corners. And they are faster in all other respects.
Mercedes engineers admitted that despite having achieved “one of the best victories in a long time”, the team met with the drivers for an hour after the race to try to figure out how to improve the car. He admitted without hesitation: “You must lower your head immediately. We have returned to observe where we need to improve. This is a game that Red Bull should win.”
“There is no doubt that Red Bull has performed very well. They are a well-tuned and focused team that doesn’t make many mistakes. Max is clearly a very mature and smart driver now and he is hard to beat”, he said , He is very happy to bring them unexpected victory, although he will learn from his mistakes, such as opening to a dirty area to return the position to Hamilton (for which he paid the power of tires), but he felt very Flattered. , Not incompatible with English.
“They have proved that they have the ability to perform a lot of performance in the car every season. Therefore, regardless of the starting point, they will become very compact and this is a person who will not give up,” he concluded. Mercedes engineer.
Hamilton is unlikely to receive a gift in Imola like the gift Verstappen gave him on Sunday, but two weeks from now and on another tour, Red Bull may not be so good anymore.