Although Mercedes Chief Technical Officer James Allison admits he’ll cry a little bit if Mercedes wins the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he also acknowledges that the most the team can aspire for is a “decent showing with a car that’s on the mend.”
The Brackley team’s best performance in the brand-new ground effect aerodynamic age has been a string of P3s. Mercedes is still yet to win a single grand prix in their bouncy W13 this season, which has been a victim of extreme porpoising issues.
James Allison is hoping for a perfect weekend for Mercedes at Silverstone
The eight-time Constructors’ Championship winners have struggled to keep moving forward this campaign; according to Mercedes driver George Russell, each time they fix one issue, another one pops up. Though tentatively hopeful about their prospects at one of F1’s quickest circuits, Mercedes nevertheless fly back home to Silverstone.
“Everyone in our factory doesn’t dare say it but we are cautiously optimistic of having a more competitive weekend than some of those we’ve had of late. I think some characteristics of this circuit will suit this car but we don’t have a car capable of winning from the front yet,” said James Allison, the chief technical officer of Mercedes.
James Allison : "I would definitely cry if Hamilton or Russell wins the race this weekend. It would be a great thing for us." 🥺 pic.twitter.com/7Flll7l5wD
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“I would definitely cry if Hamilton or Russell wins the race this weekend. It would be a great thing for us,” conceded Allison about his reaction on a possible win at the home circuit of Mercedes and their two British drivers-Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.