Mercedes has been an unstoppable force in the turbo-hybrid era of Formula 1. Yet as do other teams, Mercedes has its own secret recipe for success. While teams can reveal only so much about their car, the Silver Arrows reveal a unique and important part of their car.
With F1 cars being the pinnacle of motorsport technologies, they fill the highly computed machine with sensors to collect data surrounding the car’s performance. Lewis Hamilton’s race engineer, Peter Bonnington, explained the most important part of the car.
“We’ve got hundreds of sensors on the car that are telling us all sorts of information. Having the driver- who is the most sensitive sensor- be able to convey what they’re and allow you to correlate that to what you’re seeing on the data; that’s really key.”
As Bono reveals Mercedes’ one-of-a-kind advantage, the weekend in Qatar has reflected this. Although Lewis couldn’t find his rhythm in the first few sessions of the weekend, at qualifying and during the race, his W12 was untouchable.
Mercedes no longer threaten Red Bull
Although Red Bull worried about the speed in the W12 over the last two races, they no longer consider it a threat. Toto Wolff had revealed a “spicy” secret as he warned Red Bull that the PU being used in Jeddah would be the one from Brazil. Although Red Bull was quite off the pace in Brazil, the ‘rocket engine’ is far from their worries.
Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 14, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
Helmut Marko said, “Mercedes will be using the rocket motor from Brazil in Saudi Arabia again. Because you can no longer lower the spoiler, it will no longer bring an advantage of 0.4 seconds.”
The Red Bull boss explained that after Qatar, their rivals have no hold over them. “We saw in Qatar that Hamilton’s speed advantage on the straights in Qatar was no longer that great and was more or less within the normal range.”
— Red Bull Racing Honda (@redbullracing) November 26, 2021
As the off-track battles continue, Mercedes admittedly has the pace advantage. However, with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton locking horns in the final two races of the season, Jeddah and Yas Marina will be circuits to look forward to.
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