Andrew Shovlin says he does not know why Mercedes appeared so dominant in Russia. The track engineer director could only imagine that the Sochi Autodrom might not fit so well with competitor Red Bull Racing.
The race weekend in the Russian Federation was again one that was notably characterized by the dominance of Mercedes. Max Verstappen, however, managed to provide a big surprise on Saturday when he suddenly qualified on the front row next to Lewis Hamilton. The Briton was subsequently given a five-second time penalty twice during the race, causing him to fall back to third place. However, Verstappen remained second, because he lost a position to Valtteri Bottas immediately after the start.
The Dutchman cleverly knew the Silver Arrows from each other. That was particularly impressive because they were significantly the fastest cars. According to Andrew Shovlin, Mercedes does not know why the German racing stable was so fast in Russia: “We never travel to a circuit, and we say in advance that we will be fast,” he says. Autosport. “It’s about the speed of the cars around us.”
Mercedes track engineer director continues: “We know Red Bull Racing has said Russia is a track that suits Mercedes well, but we don’t know why we had so much speed. Maybe their car just wasn’t made for the track is, ”Shovlin concludes.
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