Andrew Shovlin: “Lewis was really happy with the car”

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team is “a bit disappointed” with P3 at United States Grand Prix Qualifying, because they “were really in the fight there for pole”.

At the United States Grand Prix, Mercedes introduced a new floor for the W14, and the upgrade seems to be working quite well.

While George Russell struggled a little bit with the upgraded car, Lewis Hamilton qualified in P3. Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team believes they had a chance to get pole.

“I think we’re a bit disappointed we couldn’t get further up to be honest,” the Briton said.

“At points we thought we were really in the fight there for pole. But George had a good recovery as well because he’s found it really tough, just getting to grip with the circuit when you’ve only got one session.”

Shovlin added Lewis is happy with the upgrade.

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“We’re pleased that we were able to get it working because when you bring a new package into a sprint race you’ve got one shot at landing everything in the right place.

“So Lewis was really happy with the car and he was enjoying it.”

As for the rest of the weekend, Shovlin says things seems to be looking good for the team.

“I mean we’re looking forward to the racing, and we normally race well. We did some long-run work this morning. That looked good for Lewis and George actually, they’re both looking competitive.

“So, hopefully we can move forward from where we are, and the sprint tomorrow afternoon does give you a little bit of a flavour of what’s to come in the main race on Sunday,” he concluded.

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