Admittedly, I reckoned Mercedes would drift backwards during the Hungarian Grand Prix. I know…that was a silly notion considering they won in Monaco and the circuits have similar characteristics. I have no excuse for my ineptitude but suffice to say, I wasn’t the only one a tad surprised.
According to Pirelli, Mercedes have made gains in their competitive form and it’s not due to their mystery tire test. Motorsport boss Paul Hembery said:
“[It’s] something they have done,” said Hembery.
“We were looking at race [and] just waiting, thinking at some stage it would be a problem, but it wasn’t.
“It was a surprise to us. It was hot for everybody, everyone was suffering.”
As AUTOSPORT’s Mr. Noble points out, the heat was unbearable and some considered it to be the achilles heel for the team but it clearly presented no issues. The team simply seem to have gotten on top of their development war and clawed back the pace and more importantly, the consistency to hang with the top runners. Hembery said:
“They obviously have a lot of pace, as soon as everything clicks they were going to be a very competitive act,” added Hembery.
“In Hungary it worked and we will see how they go in Spa.
“If they do get that consistency with the pace they have shown then they will be a major competitor.”
Competitive indeed. If Mercedes couples their qualifying pace with a race consistency and doesn’t drift backward with over-heating tires, they will instantly become a factor in every race with the driving talents of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.