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Six times world champion Lewis Hamilton can expect a quicker car when the Formula One season finally starts in Austria next month, according to the team’s technical director James Allison.
The W11 car unveiled in February has yet to race, with the season delayed since March by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“There was the whole of January, the whole of February, March, all making the car quicker in the wind tunnel and also in the design departments,” he said in a video on the Mercedes YouTube channel on Friday. “So we’ve got quite a lot of ideas about how to make it quicker… our challenge now is to make sure that that quarter of a year of development can get off the drawing boards and onto the car as swiftly as possible.
“We hope to have a chunk of that for the first race in Austria, and the season that follows will of course take as much of the development as fast as we can get it onto the car in turn.”
Mercedes have won the last six drivers’ and constructors’ championships and were fastest in pre-season testing in Spain in February.