Mercedes expects another “tight” battle with Red Bull in Spain

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Mercedes Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the Spanish Grand Prix will bring “more of the same” between Mercedes and Red Bull.

Mercedes and Red Bull have been pretty even when it comes to their performance in the first three races of the season. The first race was won by Lewis Hamilton, the second by Max Verstappen and the third again by Hamilton.

Andrew Shovlin expects the Spanish Grand Prix will be no different, and it will be once again a close fight between these two teams.

“To be honest, I think it will be more of the same,” Shovlin said.

“You won’t be able to split them, you won’t be able to read qualifying, you won’t be able to read the race. I think it’ll just be very, very tight.

“And we’re kind of settling into that. I think the whole year is going to be a bit like that. And you’ve got to actually enjoy the competition.

“Not let yourself get too stressed about it, because it is going to be a long, tough year.”

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Red Bull’s car is thought to perform better in warm conditions, while Mercedes has been known to experience problems in higher temperatures. With the weather in Spain expected to be a bit warmer, Mercedes is bracing for a tough weekend.

“We’ve got plenty on our list of things to worry about. It can be pretty hot there. It’s a tarmac that’s now getting quite aggressive and gives the tyres a tough time.

“And we’ve just done two circuits that have been pretty cold. It’s been fairly hard to get the tyres in the right window.

“Barcelona’s a little bit more like Bahrain in the way that it is always sort of overheating. And Bahrain was not a very kind place to us in some respects.

“So that’ll be the main thing that that we’re worried about,” concluded Shovlin.

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