Mercedes: “We’ve got a good update coming”

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Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the team is “looking forward to Silverstone” and promises an “exciting” update.

In Mercedes’ Austrian Grand Prix debrief video Shovlin explained that Mercedes is preparing to bring an “exciting” update for the W12 at the British Grand Prix.

“The car hadn’t been working particularly well at Austria, so it had been very difficult trying to get the balance right and the engineers and the drivers were having to work very hard on that,” the Briton said.

“It’s nice to get to the end of it. We are looking forward to Silverstone, we’ve got a good update coming there that’s quite exciting.

“We are looking forward to the home crowd, there is obviously a lot of Lewis fans that are going to be there, and it is also a track where our car has worked well.

“So, we’ve got a few days just to regroup, to analyse the results of those and turn around the cars and get them ready for the next race in that updated bodywork, but we are optimistic for a better weekend.”

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Shovlin goes on to explain why he believes Silverstone might be more suitable for Mercedes, after two tough races at the Red Bull Ring.

“Well, it’s fair to say that Austria is a track that over the years, we have struggled at. It’s a difficult circuit and one that doesn’t seem to suit our car and we are trying to understand those issues.

“Silverstone on the contrary though, is one that we have tended to go very well at and also Lewis really enjoys that circuit.

“Some of it is the layout and the high-speed nature, but also the fantastic support he has there from the home crowd. So, we are looking forward to it, it’s still going to be a challenging race weekend.

“We’ve got the sprint format to contend with, but hopefully we can put on a better showing and take that fight to Red Bull,” concluded Shovlin.

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