The gains Mercedes has made with the newly-launched W12 – and the potential banana skins that could cause it to stumble – are discussed in the latest episode of The Race F1 Podcast.
Gary Anderson and Mark Hughes join Edd Straw to run the through aerodynamic changes to the car and explain why technical director James Allison is so keen not to reveal the secrets of its new floor.
There’s also a look at the engine changes and the associated modifications to the packaging at the rear of the car that indicate Mercedes isn’t taking its foot off the gas when it comes to power units.
The potential impact of uncertainty over Lewis Hamilton’s future is also delved into, while we also look at how the introduction of the cost cap has changed the way the team must do things.
This is the latest in our series of F1 launch podcasts covering all of the new cars for 2021. In our next episode tomorrow, we will look at the new Aston Martin AMR21 and the Alpine A521.