Andrew Shovlin gives verdict on Mercedes’ Silverstone upgrades

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team’s Silverstone upgrades “were delivering a few tenths more downforce to the car”.

After a fantastic performance at the British Grand Prix, Andrew Shovlin says Mercedes’ upgrades have improved their car’s performance.

“The key thing for us here was seeing they actually performed as expected and they did that,” Shovlin said in Mercedes’ race debrief.

“They were delivering a few tenths more downforce to the car and we think we saw that in terms of the performance on the weekend.

“The other thing that was nice to see was that there was a bit less bouncing, the car was behaving a bit more normally, it was easier for the drivers to work with it to tune the balance.

“So overall, it was a pleasing result for us, not just to see Lewis on the podium but to see the update kit perform as we hoped.”

However, Shovlin says part of the performance increase is down to the smoother track surface at Silverstone.

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“Lewis’ pace was matching the Ferraris and indeed at times he was a little bit quicker which was really encouraging to see.

“But was this down to the fact that we could run the car down closer to the ground, was it that the track is a lot smoother at Silverstone, or the updates?

“Well, the reality in terms of how we were running the car, that was quite normal for ride heights and everything but it is a smooth circuit and, while we are working to make sure that our car works well on bumpy tracks, we’ve still got a bit to do there.

“So, no doubt the smooth track helped a bit towards that performance and then also, yes, the updates did play a part and that was encouraging to see because that’s the bit that we will carry into the next race, the race beyond.

“But we need to build on this performance because we know that we are not quite quick enough just yet,” the Briton concluded.

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