Mercedes was “surprised” by their performance against Red Bull

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Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team though Hungaroring would “suit” Red Bull in terms of performance.

The Hungaroring was expected to suit Red Bull’s car, however Mercedes ended up doing much better in qualifying by locking out the front row.

Andrew Shovlin says the team was surprised by this, and by Red Bull’s choice not to use its maximum downforce wing.

“We thought this is a circuit that should suit them,” Shovlin said.

“The other thing that always worries us when we come to a max downforce circuit is that we’re frequently running around on our max downforce wing and then they bring it out for the Monacos and for this place.

“But maybe they couldn’t balance that. They went away from it on Saturday and for us it seems odd that you would ever run anything other than your biggest rear wing here.

“We don’t profess to know why they’re taking decisions on that car, but it could be that they were just struggling to get enough front end in it, on the big wing, and they dropped down onto the smaller one.”

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The Briton adds Mercedes will have to do a deeper analysis on why they seemed to have a better package than Red Bull in Hungary.

“It’s something we need to look at over the next few days. We’re down to sort of pretty small developments now to be honest.

“We did have the update kit in Silverstone and that does look like it’s given us some useful performance.

“But then the car was working well in terms of where it was maintaining its tyre temperatures and we had quite a nice balance with it. But to be honest, we’re surprised by it ourselves.

“I mean it’s a pleasant surprise, but we were surprised to have had that margin to pole for instance,” concluded Shovlin.

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