Andrew Shovlin: “I’ve always thought that we can win races this season”

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says as soon as Mercedes gets “another two or three tenths over and above” what the top teams can bring, “then race wins will come”.

The 2022 season started badly for Mercedes, as their car suffered from many issues, the biggest to which was ‘porpoising’ and bouncing.

However, in recent races the team has managed to significantly close the gap to the top teams, so a first race win of the season might not be far behind.

“I’ve always thought that we can win races this season, and that’s very much the mindset of the team,” Mercedes’ engineering boss Andrew Shovlin told The GoF1Show.

“The development rate that has seen us go from being somewhere in the mid-pack to now nipping at the heels of Red Bull and Ferrari in recent races, over time that should see us catch up.

“We’re not quick enough at the moment. We need another two or three tenths over and above what they can bring, and we’re just focused on closing that gap.

“As soon as you’ve got a car that’s there or thereabouts, then race wins will come.”

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Shovlin is especially pleased that the team has shown the ability to develop the W13 within the new 2022 regulations.

“Early on in the year, we were very much racing and qualifying in midfield.

“To get to where we have, we’ve shown good development, and the most encouraging thing is that we’re understanding how to develop within these regulations.

“The update kit we brought to Silverstone delivered what we’d expected, but the confidence in just developing a kit and bolting it on the car and seeing the performance has widened a bit with [2022] rules.

“We’ve had lots of years where we could just do that, but the really encouraging thing in Silverstone was to see that kit deliver the performance,” the Briton concluded.

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