By Alan Baldwin
LONDON – Formula One champion Mercedes will tread a superb line this season between defending its titles and planning for subsequent year’s ‘seismic’ rule modifications, technical director James Allison stated earlier this week when the team unveiled its new automobile.
The team has gained the previous seven drivers’ and constructors’ championships and Lewis Hamilton is chasing a file eighth crown.
“We will walk a tightrope all year between doing enough to be competitive in 2021 and putting as much as we dare into 2022,” stated Allison on the launch of the brand new W12 automobile.
“Managing the bird in the hand and the one in the bush is the eternal challenge of F1 and doing so in the face of both the cost cap and the completely new 2022 technical regulations will be a challenge like no other.”
Allison stated the best state of affairs can be a automobile so quick from the outset that the main focus may very well be on subsequent year’s virtually instantly.
Mercedes have needed to make vital aerodynamic modifications this year below guidelines designed to sluggish the vehicles down for security causes.
Much of the automobile stays the identical as final year’s, nonetheless, as a part of measures to chop prices and assist groups climate the Covid-19 pandemic.
The vehicles are allowed to be 6kg heavier however Mercedes has weight in hand as a results of its DAS steering system being banned.
Mercedes should make do with 22% much less entry to the wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) than last-placed Williams below new Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions (ATR) that function an efficient handicap for probably the most profitable groups.
“There’s nothing like having a new constraint imposed to renew the spur to become more productive and efficient,” stated Allison.
“We are determined to find better ways of working so that we can mitigate the effect of this handicapping.”