Mercedes’ Technical Director Mike Elliott says “a win on Sunday would be really nice but that’s probably a little bit far for us”.
Mercedes has had a really encouraging Friday’s free practice, with Lewis Hamilton finishing FP2 in P2. This prompted Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner to say Mercedes could be in contention for the win at the British Grand Prix.
Mercedes’ Mike Elliott is a bit more cautious when making assessments.
“I hope he’s right, [but] we’re realistic,” Elliott said.
“We had a decent showing in the short-run pace but I’m sure Ferrari and Red Bull have still got more to come.
“The long-run looked pretty encouraging but there wasn’t a huge amount of laps done and it’s difficult to judge from that.
“If we’ve made a decent step forward in pace, we’ll be happy with that and we can keep chipping away and building from there.
“A win on Sunday would be really nice but that’s probably a little bit far for us.”
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However, Elliott says Mercedes’ British Grand Prix upgrade package has proven to be successful.
“So far, so good. Obviously, we lost the best part of P1 with the weather. Generally, we’re happy with what we have seen. The upgrades have delivered what we wanted.
“They’re not a miracle that is suddenly going to jump us to the front of the grid but they’re a good step in the right direction.
“What is pleasing for me is that we’ve been able to develop those and bring them without making any of our problems worse, some of the bouncing problems that we had earlier in the season.
“So, hopefully, our understanding there has improved and we can keep chipping away and moving forward from here,” the Briton concluded.