Andrew Shovlin has said the poor qualifying in Austria made their own weekend more challenging, negating any chance of being able to compete with Red Bull.
Second and fourth was called a good damage limitation weekend by Toto Wolff, but Shovlin believes it could have been more if Mercedes didn’t shoot themselves in the foot in Qualifying.
“I think we would have been satisfied with a second and a third, which was realistically the best we could have done,” Shovlin said. “We were the makers of our own issues a bit with the poor qualifying yesterday. So that made it very, very difficult to be even thinking of challenging Max.”
“I think, in reality, his pace was too strong, that even if Lewis had had stint one behind him, I don’t think we’d have troubled them. The car has not been working well, but then we had damage on Lewis’ car with some deterioration of some of the aero bits on the rear cake tin, and that cost him a lot of performance, which ultimately was what dropped him from second to fourth.”
“Overall, a bit frustrating, both from a performance point of view and the fact that we need to keep the car in one piece.”
Mercedes goes to Silverstone on the back foot, and will hope to win there to keep their title bids alive.