Mercedes “should be competitive” in Sochi after “messy” races

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 crash during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Peter Van Egmond/Getty Images)

Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin expects the team to be competitive at the upcoming race weekend in Sochi.


  • Mercedes are having a ‘poor’ 2021 season, struggling to get victories as well as being involved in various incidents with championship rivals.
  • The team expects to be competitive in Sochi, with Shovlin stating it “looks good” for them.

What he said:

  • “We need to make sure we put a good weekend together in Russia. It’s a place where the car should be competitive.”
  • “But we’ve had pretty messy races for quite a long time now. And really, the team needs to not get distracted and focus on delivering the kind of performance that we know we can, and the performance that we need to win these championships.”
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