Why Do Mercedes Dominate F1?

Published 12/22/2020, 11:40 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with sparkling wine on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov


F1 has never failed to entertain its audience. While there are ten teams that contend in the races, there are few who dominate the series.

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Though Ferrari boasts the highest number of titles, the Mercedes team has been dominating the track currently. They won the Championship title seven consecutive times, from 2014 to 2020. Having both high speed and skilled drivers in the team has benefitted the team to a great extent.

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

Mercedes amass quality racers in their team who have quite a lot of knowledge of strategies and speed. Further, the hybrid technology of the car makes it one of the finest cars in the F1 racing realm. As F1 is stepping towards the upcoming 2021 season, the spectators and fans are much awaited to see which constructors rage with power.

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The combination that allows Mercedes to Boss F1

The striking performance of the team in the grid is for several reasons. Apart from signing the skillful racers like Schumacher, Hamilton, Bottas, and Nico Rosberg, there are many more significant reasons to hang on.

Building a phenomenal partnership in the team is what Mercedes has done very well. Lewis Hamilton and the Finnish racer, Valtteri Bottas, share a mention-worthy partnership. When one gets behind in the racing lineup, the other pulls through the race to clinch the podium stand.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas poses on the podium after winning the race alongside third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

In the recent 2020 season, this happened several times. Hence, the strong bonding between the two racers is a significant reason for the team to rank highest among the other F1 teams.

There are many more significant reasons to hang on. A more significant factor is the fall of Ferrari and Red Bull. Apparently, these two dominating teams have lost the competitive edge.

Subsequently, the power growth of the Ferrari engine, driven by fuel flow factors, came to a halt when regulations prevented them to do so. Further, things look very hard for Ferrari drivers. As the cars have performed reasonably around the corners but have failed to deliver in the straights.

Aerodynamic incompatibility is a trademark problem of Red Bull. The drivers have complained about the lack of control and maneuverability for ages. Further, it is no exception this year as well.

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Their relentless effort to make a smoother, slow corner response has left the car aerodynamically unstable in the straights.

In an aerodynamicist’s word, the vortices created at the front of the vehicle are quite unstable because of the endplate and under-nose vane restrictions.

Also, running a high rake makes it go up faster as you slow down, rendering the airflow completely volatile. It is hard to predict how it will challenge other low tier teams, let alone Mercedes.

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The bonding shared by the crewmates in Mercedes has also been a strength for the team. Further, it plays a big role in the team acing the race. Hence, the reasons combined make it possible for the team to dominate the F1 racing circuits.

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Debarati Saha

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Debarati Saha is an F1 and NASCAR Writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing English Honours from Calcutta University, she is an avid fan of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

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