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Mercedes demand Russian resolve as frustration grows with run of "messy races"

Mercedes demand Russian resolve as frustration grows with run of "messy races"

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Mercedes demand Russian resolve as frustration grows with run of "messy races"

Mercedes demand Russian resolve as frustration grows with run of "messy races"

Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin is hoping the team can rediscover its clean weekend mojo following a run of what he has described as "pretty messy races".

In an era when one-two finishes for Mercedes have been par for the course, it is now 18 grands prix since the team last experienced such a finish from drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

This season, in particular, has been littered with issues involving one car or the other, combined with uncharacteristic mistakes from the pit wall. Despite that, the team still leads the constructors' championship by 18 points to Red Bull.

Shovlin is now hoping the Russian Grand Prix will provide a degree of normality for the team at a Sochi Autodrom circuit where it has had four one-two finishes in the previous six seasons of the turbo-hybrid era.

"We just need to make sure we put a good weekend together in Russia," said Shovlin. "It's a place where the car should be competitive.

"We've had pretty messy races for quite a long time now, and really, the team needs to not get distracted and just focus on delivering the kind of performance that we know we can, and the performance we need to win these championships."

The Italian Grand Prix weekend was one of particular frustration for Shovlin that involved a power unit change for Bottas, Hamilton's slow start in the sprint qualifying and then crash with red Bull's Max Verstappen in the grand prix.

"It's quite a lot to take in," added Shovlin. "We had a car that should have been first and second and we haven't scored that many points.

"I think we need to be pretty critical with ourselves. Certainly with Valtteri, we denied him the opportunity to win the race.

"He was brilliant all weekend, and starting from the back to get through to third was impressive.

"With Lewis, there are certainly things we could have improved, and the start on the sprint qualifying cost him quite dearly.

"As is often the case, we walk away with a job list of things we have to get better at because we can do better than we've done recently."

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atmoz

Well Hamilton didn't get a ban when he took out Verstappen. Why would they give Verstappen a ban? You must be high. He might went for a gap what was squished by Hamilton himself. He could have avoid the contact where Verstappen was just being hit from the back. But seen your comment multiple time but guess you see him loosing the championship to make so much noise about it.

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FIA needs to look at Verstappen's crashing and give him the ban he deserves for deliberately crashing in to Lewis.

The only way to solve that hot-head problem is give him time to cool down sitting on the bench.

But the FIA are afraid of the power that Red Bull has in motorsport to deal with this as they should. They banned Grosjean for less.

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I agree it was a very risky overtake from Max, but delibarately crashing into Lewis, no way.

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Daniel, he had the choice not to ram the side of Hamilton. "That's what you get when you don't leave space". He knew there wasn't space. He's just trying to barge other competitors off the track. It's worked for him so far.

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How can you say that Grosjean ban was for less? Start at 2012 spa Belgium was quite a disaster because of that. By the way, do you copy and paste the same comment on every article?

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I decided to quickly rewatch that crash, thanks to YouTube.

Why was it less than what Max did? Grosjean got tangled in Lewis's wheel and that sent him out of control in to others. The outcome for all the other competitor's cars was worse, but thankfully Alonso's head didn't have an F1 car on top.

Here's the rub. As bad as that was, it was accidental by Grosjean. But what he did to Lewis at the weekend was Max going straight in to the side of Lewis. In his 7th year of F1 if he doesn't know that's going to cause a crash he has no place in F1.

And his line about "that's what you get" pretty much confirms he really needs a ban to go off and cool down.

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Well Hamilton didn't get a ban when he took out Verstappen. Why would they give Verstappen a ban? You must be high. He might went for a gap what was squished by Hamilton himself. He could have avoid the contact where Verstappen was just being hit from the back. But seen your comment multiple time but guess you see him loosing the championship to make so much noise about it.

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The problem is, what does Lewis do, Verstappen is a fantastic driver in a better car and he GIVES NO QUARTER TO NOBODY... Lewis has decided to drive the same way as Verstappen and the Max fans are outraged, its all a bit Prost and Senna

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@symanski there should be just 1 ban.... Thats you on this site with copy and paste the same comment every ham-ver crash

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I have been saying for a while now that Mercedes weakest link is their pit wall. For a top team, they make too many basic unacceptable mistakes which can not be made if you want to win championships. Sometimes it makes you wonder if they throw races.

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