Mercedes: “In Budapest we have to be realistic”

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Mercedes’ Motorsport Strategy Director James Vowles says he is “pleased to see that people are getting carried away”, but Hungary will expose Mercedes’ “weakness”.

“First of all, I am incredibly pleased to see that people are getting carried away,” Vowles said.

“The whole point of motorsport is to create some of the highest highs you can ever feel and some of the lowest lows as well.

“But we are not where we need to be yet to be winning, that’s the short answer to it, especially for example on qualifying pace, and Hungary will expose that weakness somewhat.

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“We are realistic, we have made steps forward and I can see progress and we can see progress for how we are going to move forward again across the next few races. But in Budapest we have to be realistic.

“Where we are with this car is a strong race car, but we may not be able to use all of it in the conditions that are presented to us and we need to do a better job than we have been doing to make sure we are qualifying where the car should be, towards the front,” the Briton concluded.

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