Mercedes have once again started the season with a strong hand, winning 6 out of the first 7 races, only missing out on the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. Their closest competitors have managed to reduce the gap towards the end of the season, however, technical director James Allison warns the rivals that they’ve stopped upgrading the aero package earlier this year than usual.
“We stopped earlier than normal. Because of the lockdown we also lost seven weeks of time in the wind tunnel. A season normally lasts about 35 weeks, so we already had a fifth less time.” explains Allison in conversation with Auto, Motor und Sport. “Our last aerodynamic development was completed in mid-July, a month and a half ahead of schedule” added Allison.
It would seem that Mercedes had the confidence that none of the teams on the grid could reach them by the end of the year which really goes to show how far ahead of the rest of the field Mercedes really are. “The latest upgrades were put on the car at Spa. In total, we have included three upgrades this season. The first in Austria, then in Silverstone and finally the smallest upgrade in Spa” concludes Allison who has joined the team in 2017, following the Paddy Lowe’s departure to Williams.