Last week at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell achieved a dual podium finish following the Brackley team’s extensive upgrade package, which resulted in a significant advancement.
Even though Hamilton was still 24 seconds behind the triumphant Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ W14 emerged as the second most potent vehicle on the high-downforce track, giving the team a robust foundation to continue its resurgence.
The dual podium finish also pushed Mercedes past Aston Martin to occupy the second position in the constructors’ standings.
However, Shovlin, the director of trackside engineering for the team, anticipates that the Canadian Grand Prix will pose a tougher test for the Silver Arrows. This is due to the low-downforce characteristics of Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is in stark contrast to the Barcelona track where their overhauled 2023 car performed competitively.
“The truth is, the upgrade kit is extremely efficient around high-speed performance tracks such as Barcelona,” said Shovlin in Mercedes’ post-race debriefing on Wednesday.
“We have performed better on faster circuits and tracks with front limitations. We achieved an excellent balance and remarkable race pace.
“However, the next circuit, Montreal, is entirely different. It has more low-speed turns and a considerable amount of full throttle straight-line segments. We anticipate a bigger challenge there.
“We’re not under the impression that we’ll be hot on Red Bull’s trail. We understand that the Canadian Grand Prix is likely to pose a more considerable challenge than the recent Sunday race in Barcelona.”
Shovlin predicts Mercedes might find itself competing with the pack trailing Red Bull, which includes Aston Martin and Ferrari. He also thinks that Alpine, due to Esteban Ocon’s recent podium in Monaco, could be part of the mix.
“We anticipate that the situation will resemble some of the initial races where we were directly competing with Ferrari and Aston, and now it seems Alpine has joined the fray,” he further clarified.
“However, the racing there is thrilling. It will be entertaining, and we’re certainly going to strive to extract every ounce of performance we can.
“With the current grid setup, you could either end up in P2 or P10, with only a few tenths of a second separating the two.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Mercedes F1 Performance Challenges
How did Lewis Hamilton and George Russell perform in the Spanish Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both achieved podium finishes in the Spanish Grand Prix, following a comprehensive upgrade to their team’s vehicle.
What was the outcome of the Mercedes upgrade at the Spanish Grand Prix?
The upgrade package provided a significant step forward for Mercedes. Their car, W14, was the second-strongest vehicle on the high-downforce Barcelona circuit, providing a solid baseline for the team’s continued recovery.
Where does Mercedes stand in the constructors’ standings after the Spanish Grand Prix?
After securing a double podium at the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes rose above Aston Martin to take second place in the constructors’ standings.
Why does the team anticipate the Canadian Grand Prix to be a tougher challenge?
The Canadian Grand Prix, held at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, is a low-downforce circuit, which differs greatly from the Barcelona circuit where the upgraded Mercedes car performed competitively. The team anticipates a more significant challenge due to these different characteristics.
Who does Mercedes expect to be competing with at the Canadian Grand Prix?
Mercedes expects to be competing with the group chasing Red Bull, which includes Aston Martin and Ferrari. They also believe that Alpine, following Esteban Ocon’s recent podium in Monaco, will join the group.
What is Mercedes’ approach heading into the Canadian Grand Prix?
Despite anticipating a tougher challenge, Mercedes plans to continue fighting to extract every ounce of performance from their vehicle. The team recognizes the varying circumstances and competitive nature of each circuit and aims to adapt accordingly.