Andrew Shovlin has stated that “too many vehicles had been forward” of Mercedes on the ultimate day of Formula 1 pre-season testing on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit.
The reigning world champions suffered a quantity points throughout the three days, with a gear field drawback on day one limiting their operating and each drivers struggling to regulate the automobile’s free rear finish.
Lewis Hamilton had a spin on each Saturday and Sunday and whereas the seven-time world champion stated he’s not getting worried just yet, he acknowledged that the group could be facing fierce competition in 2021.
Talking after the conclusion of the three-day take a look at, Shovlin stated that Mercedes had improved their steadiness on increased gas, however weren’t fairly proud of their low gas tempo.
“We’ve had one other day with good reliability the place we had been capable of run to plan all through the day,” Shovlin stated. “Valtteri was doing future setup work within the morning and Lewis doing a mixture of future work and qualifying work within the afternoon.
“We’ve made a little bit of progress with the steadiness on increased gas and the automobile was extra predictable however we will see from the information we’ve collected over the previous few days that on race tempo, we’re not as fast as Crimson Bull. The decrease gas work was a extra complicated image, we didn’t achieve sufficient and we have to go and take a look at our method as far too many vehicles had been forward of us on tempo at this time.
“We’ve had points in recent times with tempo in winter testing and managed to make good progress earlier than the primary race however we could have our work minimize out this time. We’ve not bought lengthy earlier than we’re again right here for the race so we’ve deliberate a programme of labor to attempt to perceive a few of our points and can be leaving no stone unturned in our efforts to seek out some extra pace over the subsequent ten days.”
The 2021 season will get underway on March 28 in Bahrain.