Mercedes trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin fears that his workforce will battle at Imola and Portimao, whereas admitting that the Crimson Bull has not regarded weak at any level to date.
Whereas the remainder of us took a deep breath following final Sunday’s race earlier than salivating on the considered battle resuming at Imola, for Mercedes and Crimson Bull is was enterprise as standard.
Whereas the Austrian workforce admits that it’s going to “put as a lot efficiency onto the automobile because it probably can”, Mercedes, absolutely conscious that it can not rely purely on intelligent technique and Lewis Hamilton’s defensive driving ceaselessly, should look to at the least re-establish the status-quo.
Nevertheless, with the RB16B clearly having the benefit of outright tempo – as witnessed in testing and for a lot of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend – trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin fears that the W12 will undergo within the high-speed sections of the following two tracks on the calendar.
“We’re actually hoping this isn’t one among our most interesting tracks as a result of we’ve had fairly a tricky time,” stated Shovlin within the aftermath of the season opener. “I believe we bought the automobile in a good window by the top, however it’s been awfully laborious work and if we take a look at Crimson Bull by way of the check and apply, their automobile has labored very well and never regarded weak at any level.
“Hopefully we’ll discover circuits that go well with us greater than this,” he continued, “however seeking to Imola and Portimao, I do not suppose we’re ok within the high-speed and there’s loads of that in Imola and Portimao. That is one space the place they have a bonus on us in the meanwhile.”
Nonetheless, Shovlin is assured that there’s extra to return from the W12.
“We nonetheless do not suppose we’ve bought the perfect automobile,” he admits, “however we additionally do not suppose we’ve bought essentially the most out of the bundle but. Whenever you develop the automobile there are many areas you look to use efficiency from and a few of them we do not suppose have delivered every part they need to.
“We’re going to be working fairly laborious to deliver efficiency to the automobile over the following couple of races. It will be powerful and at these circuits there are components that may transfer us in the best path, however we’ve struggled with the rear finish in Bahrain and people circuits are a bit simpler in that regard, however as I stated, excessive pace is one thing that we would not be naïve in considering that will probably be a power of ours at these tracks.”