Mercedes Technical Director, James Allison, has clarified that Mercedes will introduce aero upgrades for the 2021 season, denying claims that the Silver Arrows have decided to stop development for the 2021 car, the W12.
While Allison has admitted that most of the focus of the chassis factory is on the upcoming 2022 season, he has said that things are far from over when it comes to the current season.
“Most of the focus of our factory has switched over to next year, the performance discovery for next year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things still in the food chain from prior to that focus switch,” Allison explained.
“Furthermore it isn’t all of the factory, and furthermore we are only one of two factories – there is also the power-unit factory and there is a little more to come from the PU.”
Allison has taken this moment to clarify what Team Principal Toto Wolff had said regarding the matter, clarifying that the latter did not say that there would be any more upgrades this season.
“What Toto points out is that next year’s rules are a big and hairy affair and they demand a huge amount of our attention,” Allison clarified. “There’s some more aerodynamic change in the offing,”
With Mercedes slowly looking outmatched by Red Bull for the first time in 7 years, it is critical that Mercedes comes up with answers to bridge the ever-growing gap between Max Verstappen and Red Bull.