Speaking after the launch of the team’s car for 2021, Mercedes technical director James Allison said that the focus on durability was one of the main areas of focus alongside recouping downforce lost from rule changes which impact the cars’ floors.
Mercedes have said that they focussed development in the winter off season on building some of the parts of its new W12 to be more resilient as the team looks to coming budget caps which will force it to be more economical with its parts.
"Here in Brackley, the main area, of course, has been the aerodynamic development, because most of the sort of substructure of the car was carried over from the year before. So aerodynamic development to put as much downforce on the car as possible," Allison said.
"But elsewhere on the car, developments to try to make it so that the bits underneath can live longer so that we don't have to replace them so often so that in a budget cap, we can operate more efficiently."