Mercedes AMG-Petronas in Formula One has confirmed that development on the W11 terminated months ago. Team boss Toto Wolff confirmed that the 2020s development program was eliminated to focus on the 2021 Formula One Campaign. This is a shocking revelation that shows the dominance associated with Mercedes, with all remaining teams continuing their development for 2020.
Nine of the eleven races in F1s 2020 Campaign have been won by Mercedes AMG-Petronas, with several of those victories associated to Lewis Hamilton & two with Valtteri Bottas. Their qualifying succession rate has sustained 100% for the first time in years, leaving Red Bull Racing & Racing Point with minimal room for genuine contention.
Two instances have seen Mercedes AMG-Petronas lose throughout 2020. The initial loss came during the 2nd Round at Silverstone, which saw Max Verstappen stand victorious. Mercedes would lose again to Pierre Gasly from AlphaTauri at the Italian Monza Grand Prix. Both unexpected victories are considered pinnacle moments in modern-era F1. Regardless of these two losses, Mercedes AMG-Petronas is likely to acquire their 7th Constructor’s Championship & Lewis Hamilton his 7th Driver’s Championship.
Toto Wolff has concerns regarding the 2021 Formula One Season, noting that Red Bull Aston Martin Racing is closing the gap with Mercedes weekly. It shows that engineers are growing with their skillsets towards yearly development, an attribute exclusive to Mercedes for seasons. Toto Wolff made discussions regarding the elimination of Mercedes W11 development during the Eifel Grand Prix, which was held at Nürburgring Circuit.
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Official statements from Team Boss Toto Wolff stated that the W11 finished its development cycle early into the 2020 season & that engineers have begun designing upgrades meant for 2021. Additionally, blueprint designs for the 2022 Mercedes W13 have begun. This will mark a pinnacle season for Mercedes, with Formula One drastically changing their rules to increase competition amongst the ten F1 teams.
The Chief Engineer at Mercedes AMG-Petronas has also evoked concerns that Red Bull Racing is becoming better in their yearly development cycles. It’s these concerns that’ve prompted more extended development into the Mercedes W12 & W13.