The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team say that hace work to do after a difficult opening day for the Brackley based outfit in sweltering temperatures at the Silverstone circuit ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

In the morning session, championship leader Lewis Hamilton was second while in the second session he finished fifth.

Speaking following the action Hamilton said:

It was quite a difficult day to be honest. The balance didn’t feel quite right, and the wind made things really tricky out there today. So, we’re going to work on it tonight and try to figure out why I haven’t been feeling as comfortable as I would like. It’s been a hard day of driving, but it’s not a disaster and what’s so great about this team is we continue to dive deep into the details – hopefully we’ll make some good changes overnight. It’s going to be cooler tomorrow and the Red Bull and Racing Points look strong, so hopefully it’ll be close out there.

In the opening session Valtteri Bottas finished in sixth while in thw second session the Finn was fifth. Speaking following the action he commented saying:

It was quite a difficult day to be honest. The balance didn’t feel quite right, and the wind made things really tricky out there today. So, we’re going to work on it tonight and try to figure out why I haven’t been feeling as comfortable as I would like. It’s been a hard day of driving, but it’s not a disaster and what’s so great about this team is we continue to dive deep into the details – hopefully we’ll make some good changes overnight. It’s going to be cooler tomorrow and the Red Bull and Racing Points look strong, so hopefully it’ll be close out there.

Mercedes Benz engineer Andrew Shovlin said:

You never know what others are up to on a Friday in terms of fuel loads and power, but it seems that we don’t have the same pace advantage that we had in Budapest. Red Bull in particular look close on a long run. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with the car, and it’s the same basic aero package, so we’ll probably end up concluding that we’ve not adapted to the very hot conditions here as well as some others. Valtteri seemed happier with his car than Lewis but both feel that the tyres are running hot and that’s making the car a bit of a handful at times on low and high fuel. It’s quite a balancing act in terms of how you respond because we’re expecting cooler weather tomorrow and need to be careful not to over-react. This car is competitive when we land it in the right window, and we’ve got a bit of time this evening and another session in the morning to work out how to do that. Hopefully we can finish tomorrow a bit higher up the timesheets.

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