Lewis Hamilton, George Russell and Mercedes loved the opening day of the British Grand Prix weekend, with the seven-time champion going second in FP2 – as Russell completed eighth – within the upgraded W13. Both drivers, plus Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin, gave their first verdicts on the bundle at Silverstone.
Hamilton particularly was elated, regardless of having needed to sit out a lot of a wet FP1 session together with the remainder of the sphere. The Briton completed second to Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas – a well-known pairing on the high of the charts – in that compromised first session earlier than going 0.160s off chief Carlos Sainz within the second session.
“It has been an excellent day. I want that all of us had extra working in P1, however that stunning climate that we usually get right here in Silverstone is what makes it so particular! It might be raining in a single nook, or half the monitor and dry elsewhere, so it was simply moist by way of [Turns] 6 and seven and somewhat bit right down to 9, after which it was dry all over the place else. So, that made it tough.
“I feel [the car is] bouncing nonetheless fairly a bit; not in a straight line, however by way of the corners it’s fairly harsh – not bodily harsh, identical to within the automotive, on the tyres and the whole lot… The upgrades [weren’t] something to do with experience, it was simply actually downforce and tough to really feel it as a result of we’re in two massively totally different tracks.
“You are coming from a low-wing, low-speed circuit [in Montreal], to an all medium and high-speed circuit. So, I didn’t get to feel the car like this last week. But it’s much smoother, this track, which is much better. Our long-run pace isn’t as good as the other guys but it’s not miles off. So, we’ve definitely made an improvement, and I’m sure overnight we can work and improve the car even more,” mentioned the eight-time British GP winner.
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Russell wasn’t fairly as satisfied by the upgrades’ efficacy, having not set a time in FP1 – earlier than taking P8 in FP2 amid heavy visitors on monitor.
“I’m not too sure to be honest, we need to look into it,” he started. “I struggled on the low gas rather more in comparison with Lewis; he put in a very robust lap. The excessive gas was positively extra promising, evaluating to the McLarens on the hards, the identical [tyres] as us.
“We have been rather a lot faster than them on the finish after we received the tyres warmed up. The Ferraris, by the top, they have been [facing tyre degradation]; we have been simply enhancing lap after lap. There are some constructive indicators there… however there may be positively room to enhance for certain.
“The car is sort of bouncing around, so we need to try and understand that, but there is no porpoising down the straights, which is at least one positive sign. As I said, there are positives there – we just need to dial into it, and truly maximise it.”
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As for Trackside Engineering Director Shovlin, he mentioned to Sky Sports F1: “It does seem like we have made a step ahead, as a result of we’re not usually up close to the highest on a Friday. Now, I believe there will be a bit extra to come back from Ferrari and a bit extra to come back from Red Bull, however the long-run work was fairly encouraging as nicely, and once more, these are overlaying fairly properly.
“Normally we see the form of hole – half a second, possibly even seven, eight-tenths to the quicker groups on a future – and that did not seem like it was there. So, in all probability a bit it is the circuit, the circuit suiting the automotive.
“There’s definitely a lot to work on, there’s a lot of bouncing around and it’s tricky in the high-speed at the moment, but hopefully the updates sort of pushed us in the right direction.”
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