The Brackley-based staff had arrived at Silverstone off the again of a run of 5 consecutive Red Bull victories that had allowed its primary rival to increase leads in each world championships.
So it knew it was beneath strain, at a monitor that ought to higher swimsuit its package deal, to show the tables on Red Bull and get itself firmly again within the title battle.
After Lewis Hamilton duly delivered a spectacular victory, regardless of a controversial crash with Max Verstappen, the staff admitted that it felt the strain earlier than the weekend about how vital a weekend it was going to be.
Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stated: “I feel the massive one for us was actually that we introduced an replace equipment to the automobile, we will a circuit that is traditionally suited our automobile very properly – definitely suited Lewis very properly – and the bit that was fairly horrifying coming in was, if we did not carry out properly right here, we had been going to should have an extended, onerous take a look at ourselves.
“Aside from the championship scenario and the factors which can be at stake, the necessity that we needed to ensure that hole wasn’t going to develop any additional.
“I think the big one was just that we were absolutely desperate to see the car perform well, and the team perform well. So it’s hugely reassuring to have been able to demonstrate we’re still in the fight for the championship.”
The Mercedes improve was fairly intensive, that includes modifications to the wheel areas, the bargeboards and flooring.
James Allison, chief know-how director, believed that the tempo that helped Hamilton be quickest in qualifying confirmed that the developments had labored.
“We brought a decent aero package to the track, we definitely saw an improvement in our performance and we were very happy with it,” he defined.
“You might see that simply relative to the sector we had moved ahead this weekend, we had been in a position to shut some floor on Red Bull and we had been in a position to have a extra aggressive weekend in consequence
“So, we got here house from the weekend fairly chipper concerning the improve. Is there any extra to return? There could also be, right here and there however the huge kind of, the primary industrial effort of our growth programme, that was the final huge package deal that we are going to carry this yr.
“There will be a few tweaks here and there where we can see efficiently that we can bring some performance without distracting us from the big effort that is now going into next year’s car.”