Mercedes reveal what they expect from the street track in Jeddah



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Mercedes reveal what they expect from the street track in Jeddah

Mercedes racing boss Andrew Shovlin expects their W12 to match the characteristics of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit track, where Lewis Hamilton will strive to win, but he is also cautious before the race The seven-time world champion has won the last two races in Brazil and Qatar and reduced the gap behind Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to eight points.

Next weekend, the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix marks another new event and venue for Formula 1, with a quick schedule through Jeddah waiting for the team. With an average speed of more than 250 km / h, the street track will be the second-fastest track in this year's Formula 1 calendar.

"It's another unknown. We’ve seen pretty big changes in performance compared to recent races, ”says Shovlin. “Now, if we look at the track in Saudi (Arabia), I think it should suit us. For Lewis, we have a more powerful car engine, so that will give him a useful boost.

” “The track should fit the car, but we’d probably say that in Austin: we’d feel like we should be able to put together decent settings and take the fight against Red Bull, and they had a little advantage there,” he explains.

"Therefore, we are always careful when we go to a race thinking that everything will go as it should." Mercedes is focused on itself The German team is also in a titanic battle with its biggest competitor - Red Bull - in the constructors ’championship.

The Silver Arrows have an advantage of just five points over the ‘Bulls’

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The team wants to keep the focus on themselves, instead of looking at Red Bull, to get the most out of the car on the last two racing weekends of the 2021 season.

“What we know are the things we need to fix when setting up: what exactly we need with the tires and how they work, and that’s what we’ll be busy with over the next few days,” the racing boss of Mercedes continued.

“[We will] simply try to make sure we take every possible opportunity to get there (Jeddah) in good shape. Based on learning, if you have a good car to start with, you can only improve it, ”concluded Shovlin. As before, Mercedes will do its best to continue its dominance.

Red Bull probably feel more pressure for a number of reasons; Verstappen is relatively young and is in this situation for the first time. Also, the dominance of Mercedes wants to be stopped. Hamilton is much more experienced and that could be his advantage. Anything is possible, but Red Bull is very strong and will not give up