“We’re already starting to think very seriously about 2022”- Mercedes started initiated a programme to build 2022 car even before time.
Some freezes implemented on fundamental technology creation in 2021 has allowed all the teams to present an almost identical car in 2021. Thus, the arrival of new regulations has forced the team to see in the future and prepare for the future.
Mercedes’ James Allison, who believes that 2022 changes will bring complete revolution in the sport, has informed that Mercedes is looking over key 2022 developments.
“The season hasn’t even begun yet, no car is even launched, no-one has turned a wheel, and yet we’re already starting to think very seriously about 2022,” Allison told the Mercedes website.
“Next year brings a complete revolution in the technical regulations of the car. The sort of things we have seen racing for the last few seasons will be dead and gone at the end of this year,” he added.
“Replaced instead by a new generation of the car which has a completely different technical objective – to try and make the racing closer, by making the lead car damage the performance of the trailing car less.”
Large expenditure on getting ready
“This change is so large and the cars so different that we will have to spend a large part of our technical resource during 2021 to make sure we are ready, with a good car that can then see us in decent shape for the years that follow in 2022 and beyond.
“So we are busy doing that, in a world where we are cost-capped, where we haven’t yet started racing in 2021 and where we have to manage our total resource so we can have an effective campaign in 2021 while also building for the future and this exciting new set of 2022 regulations.”