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Mercedes reveals ‘surprising’ mistake after Hamilton win

Mercedes reveals ‘surprising’ mistake after Hamilton win
Mercedes reveals ‘surprising’ mistake after Hamilton win

Mercedes technical director Andrew Shovlin has revealed that Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix, which ended his streak of 946 days without a win, was a “huge boost” for the team.

Shovlin admitted it would have been “annoying” if Mercedes had not won another race with the seven-time F1 champion, who had not won since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix until last weekend, and that he would drive his Ferrari to Ferrari next season.

Hamilton’s victory on home soil not only allowed Mercedes to celebrate another Grand Prix victory with the 39-year-old, it also restored confidence in the Brackley-based team.

“It was a hugely important result,” said Shovlin. “We said at the start of the year that we were determined to leave on a high with Lewis.

“He’s been such a big part of the team’s history, so it would have been a shame not to have won with him again, but it’s just great to see him there.

“Yeah, it’s a huge boost for the mood here and for everyone’s motivation, because it’s been so hard work and because it’s been such a tough start to the year.”

Mercedes aims for further success

After a difficult first two years following the introduction of new aerodynamic rules in 2022, confidence at Mercedes has received a significant boost.

Finally delivering a consistent and competitive package, the German manufacturer is gaining traction after George Russell took victory in Austria and started the British GP on pole, before Hamilton took his 104th win.

Shovlin believes the recent British GP result has mainly improved Hamilton’s morale.

“I think you can see from Lewis’ confidence and mood in the car that he’s really enjoying it now,” added Shovlin.

“That was great to see. Hopefully there will be more wins this season. We are not satisfied with two. We want more. So we are still working hard.

“We still have to perform and try to bring that to the car as quickly as possible. It won’t be easy, but we’re going for it.”