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Mercedes are gearing up for the new F1 season with a fresh mindset and motivation. The disaster that followed in these past couple of years does not seem to have shattered the spirit of the eight-time constructor’s champions. Instead, the racing outfit is more hungry than ever to get back to winning ways this year.

Having said that, to accomplish the ultimate goal, Mercedes must fix its car. That’s the sole problem likely to resolve half of the existing problems for Silver Arrows. Meanwhile, as the team gears up for the W15 launch, James Allison opened up on the roles and contributions of drivers over the winter break.


Mercedes Expects Its Drivers To Be Good Observers During Winter!


James Allison, Mercedes‘ chief technical officer, is busy getting the W15 in the best shape ahead of the official launch. To those unaware, the Silver Arrows are scheduled to unveil W15 on upcoming Valentine’s Day. Ahead of the event, Allison reviewed the role of each department of the team over the winter break. He added that engineers have been working day and night in the factory to get the concept right. However, as far as drivers are concerned, they have too little of a part to play. Allison added that drivers’ top priority during winter is to look after themselves. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell must stay mentally and physically prepared for upcoming challenges. Besides, James Allison also expects Hamilton and Russell to become observers.

He urged the drivers to stay aware of their surroundings and avoid unnecessary risk of fatigue. Having said that, the technical officer added that drivers’ workloads will increase once the car is ready. He acknowledged that Hamilton and Russell’s review and inputs will hold larger value as the season inches closer. “So over the winter, it’s just getting themselves ready for the new challenge,” said Allison. The 2024 F1 season will set the tone for the Silver Arrows imminent future. Another bad season will pivot hopes to the 2026 season when regulations are revised. However, if the Brackley-based team manages to break the shackles, a proper comeback could be just around the cars. Overall, the uncertainties will prevail until W15 steps out for a pre-season test run in Bahrain. The test run results will more or less help fans set expectations accordingly for the season.

James Allison Has Faith In Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Compulsive’ Need To Win!

Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton walks back to the pits at the Qatar Grand Prix. Planet F1

Meanwhile, James Allison weighed his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton’s long-withstanding winless streak. He says Hamilton’s ability to win is not lost. The reason behind the ugly streak is the ill-fated car. If Mercedes provides the best equipment, Allison firmly believes Hamilton will get back to winning ways.

Lewis Hamilton presently holds the record for most pole and race wins. However, he has yet to attain a P1 finish in the past two seasons. Regardless, the British driver has extended his stay in Mercedes until 2025. Thus, in the next two years, he will surely give his best to accomplish the ultimate dream of winning a championship.

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