Mercedes F1 Director Allison Makes a Surprising Revelation Despite Styrian GP Loss

Published 06/29/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Mercedes endured a rather tough weekend at the Styrian Grand Prix, having failed to dominate the grid for the first time in years. Neither of the drivers had the pace to fight the Red Bull duo, as they constantly lapped over 0.2s slower than the rivals.

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Following such a difficult weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Mercedes’ technical director, James Allison, opened up about what Mercedes inferred from the post-race debrief.

What did Allison say

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During a podcast, Allison reckoned that the Brackley outfit are happy with the weekend despite possessing the second fastest car on the track. He felt that Mercedes enjoyed a perfectly executed weekend. And all that Mercedes need is the extra bit of pace to match Red Bull again.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

Well, we were discussing whether it is more painful to be beaten on pace having executed a clean weekend or having thrown away opportunities where you might have won but you left stuff on the table that stopped it. And reached the conclusion very very quickly,” he said.

But, although the former hurts pride, cause you don’t like to be slower than the people you’re competing with, that delivering everything we can in good order is a precious asset,” he continued while featuring in the F1 Nation podcast.

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Mercedes still have a second chance to prove their dominance against Red Bull at the Austrian GP. Allison, too, acknowledged the same, as he reckoned Mercedes are looking to stay within striking distance from Red Bull, while they search for the missing piece of performance.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas after qualifying in second place REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

It is necessary to keep this in the hunt while we seek the missing performance and is a very minimum we should expect to what we’re doing. So, we had a good weekend, from an execution point of view,” he said.

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Overall, an exciting weekend awaits the F1 fans. Nobody has seen Mercedes falling trap to such immense pressure. Hence, being 7-time world champions, it will be interesting to see how they pull themselves up for the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Is a comeback on cards from Mercedes this weekend? Well. we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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