Having signed their two star drivers in Lewis Hamilton and George Russell up for at least two more seasons, Mercedes now need to prove that they can provide them with a good car capable of challenging Red Bull.
In the case of Hamilton, it's likely that his future in the sport depends on it with this current contract taking him into his 40s.
The 38-year-old has put in some brilliantly consistent performances this season, and is in contention to break into the top two in the drivers' championship for the first time since the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“It will be a different car for one thing so, I won’t be working with this one," Allison told media at the Qatar GP. But he’s [Hamilton] correct in two senses. It’s a new season, it’s important that we get off the new season on the front foot.
“More than averagely so, because with 2026 bearing down on us, a car that will need to be engineered in 2025, it’s highly likely that the 2025 cars can be close cousins of the 2024 cars.
"So it's doubly important to get the 2024 car good.”
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