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Mercedes have fired a warning shot at Red Bull after revealing an ‘exciting’ upgrade that could very well reignite Lewis Hamilton’s title hopes. Speaking in Mercedes’ latest debrief video on YouTube, trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin detailed the improvements the team are planning to make to their W12.
He said: “We are looking forward to Silverstone, we’ve got a good update coming there that’s quite exciting.
“We are looking forward to the home crowd, there are obviously a lot of Lewis [Hamilton] fans that are going to be there, and it is also a track where our car has worked well.
“So, we’ve got a few days just to regroup, to analyse the results of those and turn around the cars and get them ready for the next race in that updated bodywork, but we are optimistic for a better weekend.”
Losing recently at Austria’s Red Bull Ring was yet another blow for Mercedes in this year’s Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships.
However, that track has not really suited Mercedes’ cars in recent years, so the result was almost expected by the reigning world champions.
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Shovlin added: “Well, it’s fair to say that Austria is a track that over the years, we have struggled at.
“It’s a difficult circuit and one that doesn’t seem to suit our car and we are trying to understand those issues.”
Silverstone in comparison, is a winning formula for Hamilton and Mercedes, both having won all but one race there since 2014.
Mercedes still remain confident, with Shovlin adding: “Silverstone on the contrary though, is one that we have tended to go very well at and Lewis really enjoys that circuit.
“Some of it is the layout and the high-speed nature but also the fantastic support he has there from the home crowd. So, we are looking forward to it, it’s still going to be a challenging race weekend.
“We’ve got the sprint format to contend with, but hopefully we can put on a better showing and take that fight to Red Bull.”
Keeping the faith is vital for Mercedes if they are to have any chance in catching Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year.
Hamilton now sits 32 points adrift of Verstappen, who took the lead in the title race after the Monaco Grand Prix.
All is not lost for Mercedes, they have seven-time world champion Hamilton spearheading their chase and have at least 13 races left this calendar year.
Car troubles have plagued them this Championship, but it will be interesting to see if those issues come back to haunt them again this season at Silverstone.
Silverstone takes place Sunday 18 July at 5pm.
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