Mercedes think that they will have to fight hard to match the rapid Red Bull car at the Mexican GP, similarly to in Austin last weekend.
- Red Bull brought a difficult car to catch at the US GP and Mercedes struggled to match its pace.
- Max Verstappen won at the COTA last round by just over one second ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
- Mercedes chief engineer Andrew Shovlin believes that this scenario of Hamilton trying to catch Verstappen could repeat itself in the Mexican GP.
What he had to say:
- “For us, if we can take the race to them like we did [in Austin], that’s probably the best-case scenario that we’re going to envisage.”
- “There’s a lot to do, it’s such a different circuit and it’s such a different environment for the power unit to operate in.”
- “There haven’t been many circuits where we’ve been far off the pace. We’ve struggled in Monaco, we were struggling in Baku [and] we struggled a bit in that second [race in] Austria. But there are more of them where we can challenge them, and we can challenge for poles.”
- “We know where we’ve struggled there in the past, we know what we need to be working on in the next week or so, and that’s what we’ll get stuck into.”