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Mercedes Chief, Shovlin Claims They Are Not as “Quick as Redbull” Yet

The pre-testing for the new season at the Bahrain circuit started on Friday, and in a shocking revelation Mercedes F1’s chief engineer stated, “we’re not as quick as Red Bull.” The British engineer made this shocking remark during the ongoing pre-testing at Bahrain Grand Prix.

The team has made a bit of progress, claims Mercedes engineer

It is believed that Mercedes’s W-Series cars are better than any other team cars. They are technologically advanced and faster. However, the pre-testing told a story that Silver Arrows are not accustomed to. This was tough for Silverstone-based team’s fans as well.

The 47-year-old engineering chief conveyed regarding the new W12, “We’ve made a bit of progress with the balance on higher fuel and the car was more predictable but we can see from the data we’ve collected over the last few days that on race pace, we’re not as quick as Red Bull.”

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James Allison, Technical Director at Mercedes GP talks with Mercedes GP Engineer Andrew Shovlin in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

“The lower fuel work was a more confusing picture, we didn’t gain enough and we need to go and look at our approach as far too many cars were ahead of us on pace today.”, the Mercedes engineering chief concluded.

Is it W12 vs RB16B now?

The long time defending champions Mercedes launched their new W12 for the new 2021 season. The older version to this, W11 was faster than any other car last season, and everyone expected that to continue. The Red Bull, however in return launched their upgraded RB16B from their last year’s RB16 model. This as it seems made the little difference the Mercedes engineer talked about.

With reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and promising driver Valtteri Bottas to continue for Mercedes’s W12, it will now be interesting to see how they cope up with Red Bull’s new RB16B along with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in the new season. The new season starts from March 28 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.


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