Whereas the world champion group was compelled to see title rival Max Verstappen triumph on a day when Lewis Hamilton’s tyre technique didn’t repay, it thinks there are nonetheless grounds to be inspired by what it noticed.
Specifically, it reckons that on a race weekend the place Crimson Bull had the aggressive edge, the truth that it was capable of push its competitor so laborious was a giant optimistic.
Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says in comparison with what occurred on the Dutch Grand Prix, the place Verstappen was in a category of his personal, the Austin efficiency was extra heartening.
“That is the hardest one which we have had for a very long time,” defined Shovlin in regards to the US GP weekend. “Because the [summer] break most likely, solely Zandvoort has most likely felt as troublesome as this one was.
“On Sunday, Max had us beat, however I do not assume it was a cushty win for them, and we have been forcing them to take some dangers. So if that could be a dangerous race for us, then hopefully we will have extra of the nice ones after which we will nonetheless be in an honest place.”
With totally different monitor traits showing to favour the Crimson Bull or the Mercedes, Shovlin suspects that at circuits that are higher its automobile, the benefit it has over its rival is greater.
“I believe the tempo that we confirmed in Turkey and Sochi, particularly by way of the race tempo, it most likely places us a bit additional forward of them than they’ve been forward of us right here,” he added.
“Quali was tough right here and we managed to get via that also with a automobile on the entrance row. Nevertheless it actually will simply come all the way down to how the vehicles stack up over the remaining races and who adapts nicely. For us, the encouraging factor was we will nonetheless put them below stress once we clearly did not have the perfect automobile.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W12, 2nd place, arrives in Parc Ferme
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Whereas Austin has been a cheerful stomping floor for Mercedes previously, the stresses that the circuit locations on the rear tyres meant that the outfit was not too stunned it confronted a extra tough weekend this outing.
“We have been conscious of the areas the place we could battle,” he stated. “As I stated, Zandvoort was one the place we have been combating the rear finish, and so they gave the impression to be in a greater place.
“That have of Zandvoort gave us trigger for concern coming right here and we knew the circuit goes to be one the place you might be overheating tyres.
“We aren’t actually going into any of those races filling in a chart of the place we’re going to be fast and the place we’re going to be sluggish.
“We all know what we have to get proper on our automobile and we all know what we have to do by way of getting the tyres to the precise window to function, and we all know the homework we have to do on a Friday to have the ability to make these calls precisely.
“That’s the place the main target is and, should you look forward to Mexico, that could be a monitor previously that has suited them and has suited the Honda energy unit.
“However no matter that, we have nonetheless acquired to reach with a automobile that’s acting at the perfect of the automobile’s capacity and provides a automobile to Lewis and Valtteri that enables them to do their finest job. That’s the solely factor we’re engaged on. We aren’t actually worrying about the place Crimson Bull are.”