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Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes director says aero changes are still on the horizon

The technical director of the Mercedes F1 team has refuted claims that the Brackley team will not develop their W12 anymore.

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James Allison the technical director of the Mercedes F1 team has confirmed that the German outfit will introduce further aero developments to the W12 racecar.

With Mercedes slipping behind Red Bull in recent races, the onus was on the seven-time world champions to come up with a technical solution that would enable Lewis Hamilton to bridge the ever-growing gap to Max Verstappen. While Toto Wolff, the boss of the Mercedes F1 team, ruled out further upgrades, Allison has a contrary view of the situation.

"There's some more aerodynamic change in the offing," Allison said on the F1 Nation podcast.

"A little bit of PU we hope on the delivery side, and a few things that are not quite as tidy as we would wish that we still have the opportunity to put right while this season is still very much alive and hot.

Allison also clarified the percieved comments made by his team's principal.

"I don't think the two things are at odds with each other and I don't think Toto has said precisely that [there will be no more upgrades]," Alisson explained.

"What Toto points out is that next year's rules are a big and hairy affair and they demand a huge amount of our attention.

"So most of the focus of our factory has switched over to next year, the performance discovery for next year, but that doesn't mean there aren't things still in the food chain from prior to that focus switch.

"And furthermore it isn't all of the factory, and furthermore we are only one of two factories - there is also the power-unit factory and there is a little more to come from the PU."


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