As the duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen heats up, Hamilton demands that Mercedes retreat.
With his recent statements on changes to his team’s vehicle, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff raised some eyebrows.
Mercedes has been forced to backtrack on past remarks on Lewis Hamilton’s desire for car upgrades, despite previously stating they would not bend to his whim.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ CEO, has previously declared that the team will not devote resources to this year’s car, instead focusing on next year’s efforts.
Technical director James Allison, on the other hand, refuted those accusations, saying, “We have a lot of things in the works that will make our car faster in the coming races.” Let’s hope they’re adequate.”
When asked if he meant that there would be no more upgrades to the car in 2021, Wolff replied, “That’s basically what I’m saying, yes.” Allison insisted there was no contradiction between his remarks and Wolff’s, but when the latter was asked if he meant that there would be no more upgrades to the car in 2021, he replied, “That’s basically what I’m saying, yes.”
“I don’t think the two things are at odds with one other, and I don’t think Toto has said precisely that [there would be no additional upgrades],” the technical chief continued in an interview with the official F1 Nation podcast.
“As Toto points out, next year’s rules are a big, hairy affair that will require a lot of our attention.
“While the majority of our factory’s focus has shifted to next year’s performance discovery, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things in the food chain from before that focus switch.
“Moreover, it isn’t the entire plant, and we are only one of two factories – there is still the power-unit factory, and there is still a little more from the PU.
“So, there will be some more aerodynamic changes in the works, a little bit more PU on the delivery side, and a few things that aren’t quite as neat as we’d like that we still have the potential to fix while the season is still very much alive and hot,” says the team.
Red Bull racer Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s main adversary, has won three of the last four races, the most recent of which he dominated.
As Mercedes tries to catch up to the league leaders, Hamilton warned that without changes to his vehicle, the outcome will simply be repeated. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”