Mercedes have once again been securing all the headlines after Valtteri Bottas saw his engine getting changed after FP3, followed by Lewis Hamilton being called by the stewards couple of times, yet the Brackley based tea saw the results going their way during the qualifying session. However, even after securing the front row lockout Andrew Shovlin feels that RB16 is picking up pace as the race weekend prolongs.
What was opinionated by Andrew Shovlin?
“It was a busy day. The last practice wasn’t great for us,” said Andrew Shovlin as per GPBlog. “We were doing OK on the Hard tyre but not finding great grip on the Soft. We found an issue with Valtteri’s power unit just before the end of the session so had to swap that out for another in his pool just before qualifying; it was a lot of work but everyone in the garage did a great job to get the car ready in time.
“Every time Max went out he’d beat the time we just set, and his final run showed clearly that they have the upper hand here on a single lap. Had he completed the lap, there’s no way we could have matched it d the lap, we would never have been able to match him.”
Mercedes are pleased to have managed to score a one-two, but the speed of the RB16B is causing some concern. “It doesn’t feel like we’ve earnt it. It’s hard to know what to expect tomorrow; we were good on the long run on Friday but Red Bull seem to have found a chunk of pace overnight and if that translates into the long run, it’s bound to be close,” concluded Andrew Shovlin.