Upgrades to Mercedes’ W12 for the British Grand Prix resulted within the workforce’s best weekend in current races, whereas yielding their first win since Could’s Spanish Grand Prix. And Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin has admitted the workforce would have needed to have ‘a protracted, arduous look’ at themselves had they not discovered tempo at Silverstone.
Mercedes headed to Silverstone on the again foot following a five-race run of victories for Purple Bull, 4 of these going the best way of Max Verstappen.
However Mercedes’ upgrade package – reportedly the final main one they’re planning in 2021 – was sufficient to offer Hamilton the fastest qualifying time on Friday, whereas on Sunday Hamilton was then capable of take his eighth British Grand Prix victory after surviving first-lap contact with Verstappen.
And Shovlin admitted that, with Silverstone having been a standard Mercedes stronghold – the workforce having taken the earlier 9 pole positions right here, and 7 of the final 9 race wins – the concept of not performing on the circuit had been ‘scary’ for the Silver Arrows.
“The massive one for us was that we introduced an replace equipment to the automobile, we had been going to a circuit that is traditionally suited our automobile very properly, actually suited Lewis very properly, and the bit that was fairly scary coming in was if we did not carry out properly, we had been going to must a protracted, arduous take a look at ourselves,” mentioned Shovlin.
“So apart from the championship scenario and the factors that had been at stake, and the necessity that we needed to be sure that that hole wasn’t going to develop any additional… we had been completely determined to see the automobile carry out properly, the workforce carry out properly, so it is vastly reassuring to have been capable of show that we’re nonetheless within the combat for the championship.”
In line with Shovlin, Mercedes’ improve package deal concerned “the entrance and rear ‘cake tins’, all the world across the barge boards, ground… it was fairly intensive”.
However whereas claiming that Mercedes wouldn’t produce one other related sized package deal this 12 months, Chief Technical Officer James Allison admitted that tweaks to the W12 had been nonetheless attainable through the the rest of the season.
“We got here house from the weekend fairly chipper concerning the improve,” mentioned Allison. “Is there any extra to come back? There could also be right here and there, however within the huge form of primary industrial effort of our improvement programme – that was the final large package deal that we’ll convey this 12 months.
“However there will likely be a number of tweaks right here and there the place we are able to see effectively that we are able to convey some efficiency with out distracting us from the large effort that’s now going into subsequent 12 months’s automobile.”