Mercedes relentless in mission to clawback lost downforce
Mercedes technical director James Allison has said the team has spent an "intense period in the wind tunnel" attempting to regain downforce lost through regulation changes for the coming season.
Through a series of minor changes to the rear brake ducts, diffuser fences and the removal of some slots on the floor, the FIA estimated cars would lose around 4-5 per cent of the overall downforce experienced in 2020.
As with every team, Mercedes is working tirelessly to regain this loss with Allison confirming the team has spent plenty of wind tunnel hours in its search.
"Much of our focus over the last weeks and months has been trying to understand what the effect of those changes have on the main flow fields around the car and how to try to find back the performance that is lost when you first adopt those new regulations," he said.
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