While Formula 1 is ready to make its return to the track at Spa-Francorchamps from 27 to 29 August, the teams involved in the world championship are also and above all focused on what will happen next year, season in which the technical regulation will undergo important changes. The goal of the teams is therefore to move forward with projects aimed at 2022, in an attempt to perfect the car in full compliance with the new regulations. Despite this, with the 2021 world championship still open, the teams will still have to devote themselves to the current season to reach the best possible position, with the halfway point that will be accomplished in Belgium.
He is also convinced of this Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes driver currently 1st in the constructors’ championship with just 12 points clear of his rival Red Bull. The Finnish, interviewed by Hypebeast, in fact confirmed the German manufacturer’s initiative to make improvements to the W12 before the end of the season, in order to contain the attacks of Verstappen and his team, which have become threatening for the fight for the title: “We are no longer developing the machine on site – explained Hamilton’s teammate – but anyway more updates will come. We mounted new parts at Silverstone and I hope more can come later, but at some point we should inevitably stop. A huge regulatory change awaits us next yearand the teams will need to balance the performance of this year’s car against that of the next “.
Limited to the current world championship, the 31-year-old under the German company also added his opinion on the moment of Mercedes, in greater technical difficulty against the major Austrian competitor: “Certainly the new restrictions on aerodynamics have penalized us – confessed the vice-champion of the world in charge – we realized during the pre-season tests that we didn’t have the same load that we had in 2020, and the same was true for the grip. In this sense, it is not our best year, but there are still many things we can do as a team to improve ourselves ”.
FP | Alessandro Prada
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