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Shovlin: Mercedes’ performance in Hungary “particularly satisfying”

2022 Hungary Grand Prix 2022, Sunday - LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stated that their performance at the Hungarian GP was “particularly satisfying”.

Mercedes got their first pole position of the 2022 season at the Hungaroring thanks to George Russell. Though the Silver Arrows did not convert it into victory, they had a double podium finish.

Shovlin noted that Mercedes achieved this result without having capitalized on possible issues of Red Bull Racing and Ferrari.

“This last one was particularly satisfying because we weren’t relying on the misfortune of anyone dropping out with a reliability problem,” he said in the post-Hungarian GP debrief.

“The most satisfying thing, though, is to see where the car is in terms of pace now in qualifying and in the race.

“We had a lot of ground to make up from the start of the year, we’ve been working really hard trying to bring bits to every race and it is really satisfying now to see that we are racing with the Ferraris, with the Red Bulls right to the front.”

Shovlin added that Mercedes will continue developing the car to get closer to the leaders.

“We’ve got more coming,” he commented.

“We are trying to bring some performance to Spa that will hopefully close that gap, we haven’t got far to go now. But we’ll keep developing the car for a little while now.

“We’re quite excited though, the last few races have been the most fun we’ve had all year and we are just hoping that we can take that extra step because we definitely want to be winning races in the near future, so we are working hard to try and achieve that.”

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