Mercedes have started the 2020 F1 campaign just as you would have expected. The Silver Arrows currently sit atop the Constructors’ Championship table with 121 points from the first three races. They remain 66 points clear of Red Bull in second place and have built a great foundation to win their seventh consecutive world title.
However, despite the Mercedes W11 looking seemingly flawless so far , the team’s technical director James Allison doesn’t think so. According to him the W11 could run into trouble at ciruits that will have higher track temperatures than the ones we have seen thus far.
Speaking to Motorsport, Allison said, “I’d note that we’ve had two quite cool tracks. So far it was warmish in the first race of the year, But that was also the race where we were least convincing.”
“So we would like to find out just how swift we can be when the track is roasting hot. And whether or not we can still show the sort of tire management and pace under those conditions that we’ve been lucky enough to show in the opening races of the year.”
Well, if having a driver on the podium is what Mercedes consider to be a difficullt race, then it probably doesn’t bode well for the likes of Red Bull and Racing Point, who would have hoped to make a run for the title this year.
However, three races in and it already seems like it will be another year of Mercedes dominance. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the races will be boring, thanks to the intense battle in the midfield. At the moment it’s very hard to predict who can emerge as the second best team on the grid. Even picking a clear favorite between Red Bull, McLaren, Racing Point and Ferrari is a tough call.
Having already seen plenty of on-track and off-track drama in the first three races, we can’t wait for what more lies in store. With the next race at Silverstone still 10 days away, who are you backing to spring a surprise?