Toto Wolff: “Hamilton knows it is not rational to develop the W12”.
Lewis Hamilton (after the race of the Styrian GP): “We have to bring some news to the track”.
James Allison (guest on Formula Nation podcast): “Toto Wolff I don’t think he said verbatim there will be no updates, we already have updates planned in terms of aerodynamics and also from the point of view of the power unit something should arrive”.
Lewis Hamilton (on the eve of the Austrian GP): “I knew there were updates planned.”
Allison encourages Hamilton: updates on the W12 are coming
This is roughly the summary of a poor week of contradictory statements by the team principal, the first driver and the technical director of Mercedes about the development of the W12 which at this moment of the season seems to be in clear technical inferiority compared to the Red Bull RB16-B. The 2022 project does not allow distractions according to Toto Wolff, because it is a season that will address at least the next two before the arrival in 2025 of new power units. At Red Bull, on the other hand, priority is obviously given to 2021, to the present, also because this is the last season for Honda as an official supplier at the power unit level.
Marko: “Mercedes will be back, we need a margin”
As reported by the German newspaper Auto Motor und Sport the Mercedes W12 will not be put back in the wind tunnel, because this would have too negative an impact on the work with a view to 2022, a topic that emerged this weekend during the press conference for the presentation of the Austrian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc, for example, has already had a taste of the 2022 car simulator unlike Max Verstappen. As already pointed out previously by Mercedes, therefore, the updates that will arrive had already been planned and designed previously, so it is difficult to expect solutions that will suddenly allow the W12 to recover three or four tenths. At least on an aerodynamic level. As for the power unit, however, putting the W12 in the wind tunnel or not is not a discriminating factor that precludes more horsepower to be released in the next stages of the championship.