Mercedes Reportedly Set to Receive a Big Boost over F1 Rivals for 2021

Published 01/06/2021, 2:23 AM EST
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship with Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Mercedes, Honda, Ferrari, and Renault are the only power-unit manufacturers on the grid. Currently, the Brackley team is leading the pack with the most powerful engine unit. Their closest competitor, however, Ferrari, have seen a significant engine woe in the last F1 season.

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The teams are always looking for a way to improve their power unit. According to a report, the Brackley team‘s 2021 power unit could provide for more than 25 horsepower more. This will allow for a significant leap of 1,022 horsepower on the already powerful 2020 engine.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Interestingly, Lorenzo Sassi, a former Ferrari driver, heads the development of the combustion chamber of the Mercedes power unit.

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“The Tuscan engineer is the chief designer who deals with the combustion and thermodynamics of the engine: in the Abu Dhabi tests on the W11 a different cooling system was experimented which was specifically designed not to affect the reliability of the new power unit. more powerful and improve aerodynamic efficiency,” states the report.

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Lorenzo’s ideas are working in Mercedes

Lorenzo Tassi comes highly appreciated by James Allison. The Tuscan has played a significant role in Mercedes’ engine development. He’s helped Mercedes gain an edge over the Scuderia’s power unit before their sanctions.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

“Those ideas that had been contested against Ferrari in the management of Sergio Marchionne are working in Mercedes,” the report pointed out.

The 2021 regulation changes look forward to cutting the extensive downforce found by Formula 1 teams. As a result, the move will affect the speed around the corners. In such a scenario, to find additional power for the 2021 power unit could prove really significant for the Brackley team.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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