Andrew Shovlin does not think Mercedes’ Silverstone form will carry into Hungary, especially now they have to deal with an angry Red Bull.

The gap in both the driver’s and constructors’ titles has shrunk dramatically after the British Grand Prix, thanks to a double podium for Mercedes, plus the retirement of Max Verstappen and non-score of Perez. Despite this, Shovlin thinks Red Bull will be back for blood in Hungary, after being bruised in Silverstone.

“Silverstone is one of our best tracks, so it would be naive for us to think we can go to Hungary and expect to carry this performance in,” said Shovlin.

“Red Bull are going to be good at a high downforce circuit. Frankly, they’re good at every circuit at the moment and they’re going to be a bit bruised after the British Grand Prix, so I’m sure they’re going to come back really strong.”

“If we can get ourselves ahead going into the summer break, that would be fantastic. So that’s probably the target we’ll set ourselves.”

Formula 1 returns for track action on Friday for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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