The team faced much flak for sticking with the design, but Allison has insisted that there was more going on than seemed the case from the outside looking in.
Mercedes sidepods not to blame for F1 failure
“Well, I don’t quite see the world the same way you guys do, looking at a sidepod and deciding that’s a concept," he told Sky Sports.
“We definitely took a path with our car and I would say that’s from the tip of the nose to the very back of the tail which was not a competitive one.
“The most visually noticeable aspect were our sidepods of course, but by no means the definitive factor.
“It was not right from front to back and that’s the thing we’ve had to learn and have to deal with.
“That’s taken us longer than we would have liked but the sidepods are maybe emblematic of a team that took too long to figure out which way was up but by no means the distinguishing feature that sealed our fate.”
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