After Mercedes suffered a Q2 exit at Imola, Andy Shovlin is hoping for a greater displaying in Saturday afternoon’s dash race.
Neither George Russell nor Lewis Hamilton had the tempo to make it out of Q2 in qualifying for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix with Hamilton solely sneaking by into Q2 by 0.004s.
It was a troublesome Friday for the Brackley squad, the staff failing to make it into the ultimate pole place shoot-out for the primary time for the reason that 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.
However all shouldn’t be misplaced insists Shovlin.
“Our race tempo has usually been good,” mentioned the Mercedes trackside engineer director after qualifying. “We’ve demonstrated that we’re third quickest on race tempo.
“The issue is on a single lap, we appear to be very a lot within the midfield. It’s an space that we’re engaged on, however we don’t but absolutely perceive.”
A part of that drawback is that the W13 struggles to get warmth into its tyres.
“We’ve struggled with tyre heat up with this automobile to be trustworthy, we’ve not acquired to the underside of it,” Shovlin defined.
“At the moment was a painful instance of that, the place we couldn’t get the runs in that had been lengthy sufficient to construct temperature to get the vehicles into the appropriate window.
“We’ve seen it in any respect the races – at Bahrain it doesn’t actually price you. In any respect the opposite tracks it’s really been an issue in qualifying.
“Earlier than you could possibly get the new air from the brakes straight onto the rim and also you get a really fast transition of the warmth there by into the majority of the rubber.
“The laws have been designed to make that troublesome and so they’ve succeeded. However we have to perceive why we are able to’t match the midfield groups.
“We all know Purple Bull and Ferrari have gotten extra downforce proper now however we should always be capable to carry out in the identical place that we’re racing in, which is realistically the third quickest staff.”
Russell will begin Saturday’s dash race P11 on the grid with Hamilton P13 with the race consequence figuring out the grid for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Shovlin has all however dominated out his drivers placing in a efficiency like what Hamilton did ultimately yr’s dash race in Brazil when he shot up from P20 to P5.
“This isn’t an ideal monitor for overtaking,” he mentioned, ” so we count on the remainder of the weekend to be a problem however we’ve proven that our race tempo is healthier than our single lap and with each the dash and the primary race we’ve longer than regular to attempt to get better.”