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Mercedes realistic: 'It's rarely an easy race here'

Mercedes realistic: 'It's rarely an easy race here'

28 May - 18:29
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Andrew Shovlin looks back on the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying with disappointment. Although Mercedes hoped it could compete with Red Bull Racing and Ferrari for the front positions, the German racing team had to settle for a spot in the middle.

"It was a difficult day for the team and the drivers," Shovlin analyzed in Mercedes' press release. "The car was not easy to work with here and the driving problems we had made it difficult for George and Lewis to have confidence in the car."

Mercedes hopes for edge in Monaco

Shovlin realizes all too well that Hamilton and Russell will have a tough time fighting for the podium spots on Sunday afternoon. Since it is difficult to overtake in Monaco, the formation's top man hopes that there will be circumstances that Mercedes can take advantage of.

"Sixth and eighth place are not great positions to start tomorrow and although our race pace seemed good on Friday, it is difficult to take advantage of that when you are in traffic. It's rarely an easy race here, so there may still be opportunities with strategy. The weather forecast seems to be bringing a little rain, which we would be quite happy with our starting positions."

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