Mercedes racing boss Andrew Shovlin says their performance advantage over mid-grid gives them a chance to experiment with their car while trying to get back into podium fights. George Russell admitted to driving a lone race at the Saudi Grand Prix because he had a big gap in front of and behind him for most of the race, only to end up in 5th place.
Lewis Hamilton was far behind his teammate, as he already had big problems in qualifying, which caused him to drop out of Q1, while during the race he struggled to get to higher positions, and in the end, he finished only in 10th place.
But with a performance from Bahrain combined with Saudi Arabia emphasizing the advantage in terms of pace, Mercedes seems to be staying ahead of the middle of the grid. Advantage The racing boss of the Silver Arrows believes that the current advantage over other teams gives them the opportunity to take the space to experiment on the W13 car with the goal of returning to the top, although the gap in Jeddah was bigger than in Bahrain.
"Well, we have no illusions about the performance gap, and in Jeddah it was a little bigger in the end than in Bahrain," Shovlin said in his post-race report. "But we have a lot to find on both sides: in the qualifiers and in the race simulation if we want to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull cars."
“However, behind us, we seem to have little difference in that grid environment. We have to do a good job of being ahead of them, but we have little margin and that gives us little room to experiment on the weekends: to try to come up with solutions to raise the level of car performance, ”he added.
“So, after all, this is a problem that will be fixed in Brackley and Brixworth. Everyone is working hard to understand the problem and come up with solutions, and we will do it in stages over the next few races, ”he continued.
"On the track, we will do as much as we can to minimize the damage, to win as many points as possible. So there are really two elements to this: maximizing performance over a given weekend, but then most of this is trying to get back to the level where we can compete for pole position and race wins, ”concluded Shovlin. This could be the hardest season for them if they don’t find solutions