On the one hand the battle for the 2021 title, on the other hand the supremacy of the next four years. All the Formula 1 teams are positioned in this delicate game of balances, which must balance the resources between the current car and that of 2022. There are those who have given up starting to waste them on this year (Haas), there are those who – how Mercedes – instead it has scheduled updates for Silverstone. Updates invoked by Lewis Hamilton, but only the track will be able to tell if the W12 will benefit against a Red Bull ever so strong in comparison with Brackley.
Mercedes, updates coming to Silverstone
For former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley the Silverstone weekend will be absolutely crucial for Mercedes. A kind of ‘Make it or brake it‘for the black arrows. Win or surrender to Red Bull, counting that there will be no major developments to the W12 associated with the conformation of the track particularly congenial to Mercedes. “It seems that Red Bull has fixed all the weaknesses it had before. Straight-line speed, reducing drag, but still generating enough downforce. It can be said that Red Bull will be strong at Silverstone. On the other hand we have Mercedes, which looks like it could bring a relatively large update. I don’t know if Red Bull will develop any developments at Silverstone, but they already have the fastest car. Mercedes now knows where its weaknesses are and what to focus on. If they have found some changes that can solve their problems, the situation could be reversed“.
Allison encourages Hamilton: updates on the W12 are coming
“Of course in the Mercedes house they have little time to see if everything works. When you bring a big update you need track time, you want to see how the new parts work. You only have one hour on Friday morning to do it with a new car, with new tires (counting that on Friday afternoon there are qualifying and on Saturday there Sprint qualification, ed). So it will be a real challenge, but that update could be the lifeline for Mercedes in a championship key. If the update doesn’t work, Red Bull will be able to take the season further on their side“.