Mercedes technical director James Allison has revealed he struggled to come to terms with the transformation of the Mercedes car, shifting from success to a challenging phase, describing it as "very disorientating."
Mercedes most recent victory was secured by George Russell at the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2022. Prior to that was Lewis Hamilton's last win in Saudi Arabia back in the 2021 season.
From 2014 to 2021, Mercedes clinched eight consecutive constructors' championships, marking an era of dominance that came to an end with Red Bull's ascendancy. Allison described this shift as "unpleasant," impacting the confidence of the Mercedes team.
“When a team has been, as we were, on a very high plateau for quite a large number of years, for quite a long period of time, and then takes a dip, it’s very disorientating,” Allison told the Performance People podcast.
“It’s very unpleasant to suddenly feel that what you had previously felt about yourselves as a group, the foundations of that have been loosened by the reality of the stopwatch and being beaten by other teams.
“It shakes the confidence of an organisation, and it also puts a lot of very short-term pressures on a company that’s been used to thinking further ahead.”
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