Mercedes "in trouble" from Red Bull "if we don't make progress" - Shovlin

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

"We didn't really long-run here so it may have been something that was lurking in there all weekend, and it may have been something that we actually just dodged last weekend with the early safety auto and being on the very hardest tyre for most of the race".

Max though overrode that decision, suggesting it was first chance to challenge the German manufacturer this year and that he wasn't "sitting behind like a grandma".

The Briton played a role in Mercedes' decision to switch to a black vehicle livery for the 2020 season as part of its anti-racism messaging, while also committing to improve on the diversity within the team after revealing just 3% of its workforce identify as belonging to an ethnic minority. We lost lots of points today, which is not good.

'It's great that Max won, ' said Hamilton.

The victory took Verstappen up to second in the drivers championship, 30 points behind title leader Hamilton.

Despite having these issues with his tyres, Mercedes kept Hamilton out on track, with predictions suggesting that if he were to pit, the Brit would return to track just behind Charles Leclerc, who was out doing the Ferrari that he was driving. Verstappen was setting strong lap times and catching the the Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas. If I knew before that, I could pick up more pace, I had some more pace in hand. "For me, just wasn't a ideal last lap".

Bottas was left to trail home a disconsolate third, and is now third in the title standings and 34 points behind his teammate.

The race was the second in as many weeks at the Silverstone Circuit, and it initially appeared as if the Mercedes duo of polesitter Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton would easily disappear into the distance from their front-row grid positions.

"Very frustrating", the Finn said.

"When you think about so many people in the world that have lost their jobs, and people that are unemployed, to sit and negotiate a big contract, it doesn't seem like the most important thing that I need to apply time to right this second". He made an early stop on lap six to earn himself some clear and overtook his way into the points. Hard to dispute that the drivers of the day were the eventual victor, Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and Ferrari's Charles LeClerc who though disadvantaged by his vehicle keeps relentlessly pressing for a podium place, securing fourth on this occasion. While Stroll held his starting place, Hulkenberg slipped from third to fifth through the race before dropping to seventh after a late emergency stop after feeling tyre vibrations from the cockpit.

Renault's Esteban Ocon also stopped just once and finished eighth, just ahead of McLaren's Lando Norris and the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat.

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