“We don’t expect to be left out again”

“We don’t expect to be left out again”

Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell took the podium in Hungary

Image: Red Bull / Grand Prix Content Pool

Mercedes experienced its best weekend in Hungary in the 2022 Formula 1 season: a great position for George Russell and another double podium, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and the #63 scoring third. A strong performance, but one that represented a very important step, in the opinion of Andrew Shovlin, after all, the German team did not need to see the car in front of them break away and cross the finish line in first place.

From the start of the race at the Hungaroring, Mercedes showed great speed, so much so that Hamilton managed to jump from seventh place to second place by overtaking, as well as doing well with the W13 and the soft tires in the final section. . The seven-time champion also set the best lap once again this year.

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George Russell won his first career pole in Hungary (Image: F1)

“Well, there’s a lot more to come,” said the director of track engineering on Mercedes’ official YouTube channel. “We’re looking for more functionality in Business, so we hope to close that gap. [para as equipes da frente]. We don’t have much to go on now. But we will still continue the development of the car for some time.”

“This last race was very satisfying, because we didn’t count on the misfortune of the person in front of us to retire due to reliability problems. The pace of the car was also very good, and it’s always good to have a good race before the break. , ” added Shovlin. , who also said that the final race of the season was “the most fun of the year”.

The next stage of the calendar takes place on August 28, at the traditional track of Spa-Francorchamps. The engineer still sees Ferrari and Red Bull as having the advantage, but insisted that Mercedes’ aim is to win again, and the Brackley team will not rest until they achieve that goal.

“We are very happy, the last few races were the most exciting of the year and we hope to take that extra step because we want to win in the near future, so we are working hard towards that,” he said. .

“We have a lot of things to fix since the beginning of the year. We have been working hard trying to make small changes for every race, and it is very exciting to see us running with Ferraris and Red Bulls in front”, concluded Shovlin.

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