Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin has said the team would be “naive” to write off Red Bull’s chances of beating them in Hungary.

The Silver Arrows brought key upgrades with them to the British Grand Prix last time out, and they appeared to have the desired effect as Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap in qualifying on Friday, and lapped closer to Max Verstappen’s pace overall.

Red Bull have gained the upper hand over the reigning World Champions as the season has progressed, but Mercedes were able to claw themselves back to within touching distance of their rivals’ advantage in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ standings after a torrid weekend at Silverstone for the World Championship leaders.

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