Formula 1 News: The Formula 1 entourage is in the United States to race at the Circuit of the Americas this week. And Mercedes is touted to be the frontrunner in this Grand Prix whilst they are battling against Red Bull for the championship.
Since the kickoff of the turbo-hybrid era, Mercedes has only lost once, with Kimi Raikkonen winning in 2018 with Ferrari. Otherwise, the rest of the five races have been won by the Silver Arrows.
Out of that, four are in Lewis Hamilton‘s name, and Valtteri Bottas won it once in 2019. The current world champion has also won it twice there with McLaren. Thus, there is no doubt about his proficiency in winning races at COTA.
The statistical prowess of Mercedes in Austin puts them at better odds against Red Bull. The Brackley based team would be aiming to have a comprehensive win to extend their lead against their rivals in the constructors’ championship.
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Mercedes’ whole team, including Bottas, are invested in giving Hamilton his eighth title. It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that the entire resources with the defending champions would be focused on letting the Briton win.
Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin is optimistic about his team’s prospects at COTA with all the current trends. He cites Hamilton’s past results and good overtaking opportunities on the track to think Mercedes has the upper hand in America.
“It’s a very different Tarmac there but it’s a circuit that Lewis has been very strong at. It’s a track where there is good overtaking opportunity, there is degradation,” said Shovlin.
“So that changes the dynamic of the race a little bit but there’s no reason to think that we shouldn’t be strong in Austin. But we did good preparation coming here and the car has been in the right window. And that is the thing we need to make sure we do correctly for the next race.”
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Before the USGP, several reports are indicating Mercedes’ engine unreliability issues. And Mercedes claim that they are investing their time in avoiding such roadblocks ahead of the race.
Therefore, Shovlin claims that they are not even looking at their qualities ahead of the race. Their primary focus is only to shred all the demerits out.
They aim to have a clean performance in the remaining six races, so doing so will make them likely to conquer another season in the turbo-hybrid era. And quashing the concrete challenge by Red Bull.
“We’ve got to go to all of these races looking at what could catch us out. Not what is going to be great and easy for us,” added Shovlin. “We don’t really take that approach. It’s just a case of looking at all the data that’s coming of the simulations and working what we need to do with the car.“