Mercedes says “Baku might present similar challenges” to Monaco

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After showing signs of improvement at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes again faced several issues at Monaco. Andrew Shovlin says “Baku might present similar challenges”.

At the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes seemed to have solved their porpoising issues and has shown impressive pace.

However, at the Monaco Grand Prix, their car appeared to have taken a step backwards again in terms of pace. The team’s Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin explains why that is.

”It was a lot harder to get the car to work around Monaco than Barcelona,” Shovlin said in Mercedes’ race debrief.

“In Barcelona, we had good race pace, even though we know there is still work to do to close the gap to Red Bull and Ferrari.

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“In Monaco it’s a bumpy circuit and we struggled with the ride of the car. That was affecting the confidence of the drivers to carry the speed, so we couldn’t drive as close to the optimal like in Spain.”

Shovlin then admitted that Mercedes might be facing similar issues at the next race in Azerbaijan.

“Baku might present similar challenges,” the Briton said.

“We do try to improve so we can get the car closer to the optimal window, but we know that in addition to base performance to the car we also need to make sure the car works better on a wider range of circuits,” he concluded.

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