After struggling to keep Red Bull’s pace in the recent event, Mercedes brought some upgrades in Silverstone that helped the team to go back to victory. After a positive British GP, the Silver Arrows might bring new small upgrades in the future.
Mercedes was confident that the new upgrades would help them to have a closer fight with Red Bull. Already in qualifying, it was clear that the pace was similar to the one of the Milton Keynes team, but in the Sprint Qualifying, Max Verstappen managed to steal the lead from Lewis Hamilton.
However, after the lap one incident with Verstappen and after serving the ten-second penalty, Lewis managed to win yet another Silverstone GP.
After the win, Andrew Shovlin admitted that if Mercedes could not be competitive on their strongest circuit, the team would have had to work a lot more.
“The big one for us was that we brought an update kit to the car, we were going to a circuit that’s historically suited our car very well, certainly suited Lewis very well, and the bit that was quite frightening coming in was if we didn’t perform well, we were going to have to a long, hard look at ourselves,” said Shovlin.
“So aside from the championship situation and the points that were at stake, and the need that we had to make sure that that gap wasn’t going to grow any further… we were desperate to see the car perform well, the team performs well, so it’s hugely reassuring to have been able to demonstrate that we’re still in the fight for the championship.”
Moreover, even though Mercedes declared that it will not bring further upgrades on the 2021 car, James Allison said that some small changes might be brought in the future toward the second part of the season.
“We came home from the weekend pretty chipper about the upgrade,” said Allison. “Is there any more to come? There may be here and there, but in the vast sort of main industrial effort of our development program – that was the last big package that we will bring this year.
“But there will be a few tweaks here and there where we can see efficiently that we can bring some performance without distracting us from the big effort that is now going into next year’s car.”