Mercedes: “It does look like we’ve made a step forward”

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After Lewis Hamilton finished the British Grand Prix FP2 in P2, Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin says “hopefully” the upgrades have pushed Mercedes “in the right direction”.

The British Grand Prix weekend started very well for Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton finishing Free Practice 2 in P2.

Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team is quite happy with today’s performance.

“It does look like we’ve made a step forward because we’re not normally up near the top on a Friday,” Shovlin told Sky Sports F1.

“I suspect there’ll be more to come from Ferrari and Red Bull, but the long-run work was encouraging as well.

“Normally we see half a second, 7, 8 tenths on the long-run, but that didn’t look like it was there. Probably a bit it’s the circuit which is suiting the car.

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“There’s a lot to work on, but hopefully the updates pushed us in the right direction.”

George Russell on the other hand has finished the session in P8. Shovling explains why the young Briton performed worse than Hamilton.

“The cars started identical today. We wanted to look at both tyres, George had the hard tyre and he was struggling with the grip.

“[It was] difficult in these cooler conditions, which set him back. But on the long run it was coming together nicely.

“They did diverge on set-up a little bit,” Shovlin concluded.

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