Mercedes chief engineer Andrew Shovlin admitted there was “some urgency” to fixing the tire problems that plagued the team at the 70th Anniversary GP.
Lewis Hamilton lost to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on Sunday because Mercedes were, once again, far harder on their rubber than their rivals. Mercedes in race against time to solve tyre issues ahead of Spanish Grand Prix
The tire problems at Mercedes have not yet been resolved. The engineers are clueless: “At the moment we don’t understand the problems yet”, Andrew Shovlin, chief engineer at the German racing team, admits to Motorsport.
“Red Bull is not far in the race, even if everything looks very good for us”, Shovlin continues. The engineer expresses his concerns about the Spanish Grand Prix, because here it will be very hot on the circuit, just like in Great Britain.
A recurrence of the last race can certainly not be ruled out: Max Verstappen was able to keep both Mercedes’ behind him, because Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas had to deal with extreme tire wear. “So we need to get the situation under control,” says the chief engineer.
The fact that Mercedes had problems with tire wear was not new to the team. However, the engineers did not expect the team to be so deeply in trouble. ‘We are very, very far on the wrong end of that spectrum. And meanwhile, Red Bull is at its best here.”
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