Mercedes has officially unveiled images of its new Formula 1 car. While attention is grabbed by a slightly reworked paint scheme, the car features more refined aerodynamics and changes to the air and engine cover area of the chassis. Although there is not a dramatic overhaul on the car because the regulations are stable, executive director Paddy Lowe said a lot of work had gone in to making changes.
“It’s difficult to have a complete revolution when the rules have stayed pretty much the same year on year,” said Lowe. “But we aim to make minor revolutions wherever we can – even within a small context. We may look at a completely new packaging solution or suspension concept, for instance. So, while the car may look very similar to its predecessor from the outside – as is inherent within stable regulations – underneath there are quite a lot of mini revolutions that make up an overall evolution for the new season.”
“After a highly successful season all round in 2015, our priority has been to identify the areas in which we were weakest and to try to improve on those,” he said. “Our objective is excellence in all areas and, while we had some fantastic results last year, there are many areas in which we can still be much better. That’s the kind of culture we try to instill throughout the whole organisation – one of constantly striving to reach something better. We had a number of races that didn’t go to plan in 2015 – Singapore in particular – so there were a lot of things that needed improving for 2016. We are seeking optimisation absolutely everywhere.”
Mercedes-AMG Petronas may emerge victorious again in 2016, but it’s likely going to have to fight harder than it did in the past.