Possessing the dominant engine in the early years of the hybrid engine era, Mercedes trailed Ferrari in the power stakes last year – and Allison says improved engine performance has inevitably been a focus for 12433.
I think we would always want more of everything – it isn’t a sport where you can focus on a single thing, “said Allison. ” But there’s no doubt that our friends at HPP [Mercedes High Performance Powertrains] will have felt the sting last year of seeing a Ferrari lauded for its straight-line speed. “We all know that the straight-line speed is only one parameter, it’s a mixture of both chassis set-up and PU, but that is one of the focuses we have had over the winter.
“It’s lovely to see that HPP have had a great winter in that regard, getting both more horses but also for the third-year straight bending over backwards to give us a PU that will give us chassis opportunities by making it easier for us to make a fast car around it. ” Watch all six days of F1 Testing live on Sky Sports F1 – for the very first time. Test One begins on February , with eight hours of daily track coverage underway from 8am. Subscribe to F1 on Sky Sports here.