Mercedes have released a short video explaining the design process behind their 2020 Formula 1 entry, the W11.
Technical Director James Allison explains that the team were close to sticking with the same W10 from 2019, simply developing the car further, but the risk of falling behind rivals Red Bull and Ferrari by doing this was too great.
“We were feeling the breath of our opponents on our shoulders, we know their hunger and if we don’t do something impressive with this car, they’ll eat us up and leave us behind," said Allison.
He continued by explaining that Mercedes decided to make the W11 more 'aggressive' than they had originally planned to extract the maximum potential for the current regulations.
Allison added, “We decided to make a car that was aggressive despite the fact that there is no change in the regulations, and we wanted to challenge ourselves to take every part of the car and make it better."
The W11 will return to the track on Wednesday 26 February when the final three day pre-season test begins.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.