Andrew Shovlin says Hamilton was the difference maker in Portimao

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Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says Lewis Hamilton made the difference at the Portuguese Grand Prix, as Red Bull and Mercedes were on par with each other.

After Lewis Hamilton’s amazing win in Portimao, that saw him overtake both Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas on track, Andrew Shovlin was asked which team had the faster car, Red Bull or Mercedes?

“To be honest, we are sort of splitting hairs really,” said Shovlin.

“I think Lewis had the fastest lap of the day on Saturday, but any one of the three drivers could have been on pole.

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“I think, if you looked at today it was Lewis who won it. He was down in P3, he overtook on track twice and got up front and controlled the race.

“The cars, it is very difficult to pick them apart, but if you are going to pick anything apart, Lewis was the best driver today.

“And that is why he is sat on the top step,” concluded Shovlin.

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