Mercedes says FP2 experiments have taken them “backwards”

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team will “be undoing” some of the alterations they made for FP2, ahead of FP3 and Qualifying.

Mercedes’ pace at the Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice 2 was a step down from where it was in FP1. Andrew Shovlin says this was due to “experiments” the team was doing.

“We came in sort of wanting to do some experiments with the car and I think the ones that we did in FP2 with both [drivers] have taken us backwards,” the Briton told Sky F1.

“The first session we looked a bit stronger, the car was more together. There’s a couple of things that I’m pretty certain we are going to be undoing overnight, because it didn’t look great.

“Lewis had picked up a bit of damage during one of his lower fuel runs. That definitely affected his high fuel. But I think some of the set-up changes we made, we’ve gone the wrong way.

“We’re here to learn and you don’t always get them making the car going quicker but I think there’s two of those that we’ll be going back on overnight.”


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However, Shovlin thinks the changing weather condition, which are expected for the rest of the weekend, could benefit Mercedes.

“In a way that makes it not too bad that we’ve had a difficult FP2, because I think we’ll be facing quite different conditions in FP3 and quali. And then the race looks like it’ll be a lot cooler than it is today.

“So not the end of the world but it would be nice to have a session where you can work with the car a bit, and this wasn’t that. There’s plenty of data for us to go through.

“I think we know the first things we want to do and then the wet’s a different game altogether,” Shovlin concluded.

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