Every Formula 1 fan sees, hears, experiences that the Mercedes stable is almost unbeatable and it increasingly IS. If we take a deep breath and abstract for a moment from Lewis Hamilton’s otherwise undisputed skills, the veil will already fall off and we will get an answer to the question posed in the title.
The experience, image and results of recent races do not bode well for those who had hoped for a balanced and exciting 2020 Formula 1 season. Perhaps everyone agrees that this happens not just due to the six-time world champion: the writer of these lines has no doubt that a Max Verstappen or even a Charles Leclerc would be smoothly a champion of the World Cup if they would swapped places with the British behind the wheel of the W11.
In the genetics of today’s Formula 1 cars, the 70% technique + 30% human skills is coded, but the German team often doesn’t even need these thirty percent. This is the point where critics of Mercedes ’gigantic advantage are already accustomed to coming to the comment boxes with their very popular theory: FIA mafia, fraud, Mercedes running the International Motorsport Federation, etc…
Again, all I can say is that anyone who has ever been to a Formula 1 paddock and has seen the mechanism of F1 in action knows very well what kind of stupidity factor the theses mentioned above have. The inconsistency of the FIA (which can seem like a double standard in most cases) can and should be debated, but it would be worthwhile to finally shed some light on the question: why is the Mercedes (2019… 2021, 2022) 2020 car so good?
It is well known to all of us that at the dawn of the hybrid era, Mercedes did the best in designing and building new cars, and this is the kind of foundation for the respective year’s development that, even in the best case, the other teams can just follow.
Believe it or not, the real reason is a mixture of engineering work and the quality knowledge accumulated in recent years – an unprecedented innovation kneaded from experience and intellect.
Just a look at the car is enough to see: it features more mature aero solutions than ever before, resulting in a more efficient engine and brake cooling compared to 2019, as well as an aerodynamically stronger package, basically the lowest air resistance ever with the highest downforce. To this end, all elements visible to the naked eye have been put to the service of these three factors, and we can tell, with great success: the W11 is capable of delivering power that is superior to its predecessors.
Besides further improvements of the balance of the car compared to last year, they are already able to extract much more from the resources than ever before, and with this the Germans have also fixed their last “weak point” where they could still be caught. This, of course, is again not a coincidence, but rather the result of deliberately organized work: Mercedes’s engine division has made a brave move and improved this year’s engine involving new professionals, new materials and procedures, and at the same time honed the 2020 design to perfection.
What can we expect from the coming seasons, the rule changes, what will the Mercedes 2021 and 2022 cars look like? Summarize the facts above, and just think about it…