James Allison admits that Mercedes has done a lot of work to make the car better after Red Bull’s performance in Bahrain.
Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain GP in his Mercedes W12 car. However, that win was very narrow as Red Bull Racing showed that they had been a force to be reckoned with once again. Mercedes’ technical director James Allison spoke about how much the Bahrain struggles affected the Silver Arrows’ approach to the car development.
“I think it’s human nature that when you get stung, you leap around a bit more intensely than you might otherwise,” Allison said.
“We love the race, we love the fight, but we don’t enjoy feeling second-best. The Red Bull was quicker than us in Bahrain and we’ve been doing our best to try and move our car forward so that we don’t have to suffer that sting any longer than we have to. But it’s nearly always pretty intense, it just goes up a notch,” he added.
Allison also shared the fact that the Mercedes car looked much better at Imola, which was proved by topping both free practices on Friday with two cars.
“It’s always a little bit easier when things are cool and the wind is low,” he said. “But we’ve definitely got the car happier than it was in Bahrain and we’ve had a pretty profitable couple of sessions.”