Mercedes hopes to have upgrades on its Formula One car in time for the Austrian Grand Prix, the opening race of the delayed 2020 season.
Mercedes, winners of the past six world championships, came out of February’s preseason testing looking like the team to beat for another season. The coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement or cancellation of the opening 10 races, with teams observing a lengthy shutdown of their F1 facilities.
Those F1 facilities are operating again in the buildup to the opening race, and Mercedes hopes to bring an improved car to Austria’s Red Bull Ring, which hosts back-to-back races on July 5 and July 12.
“If you imagine where the launch car was and the car that would have gone to Australia [the original season opener in March], that was frozen around about Christmas,” Mercedes technical director James Allison said in a video the team posted to its social channels Friday.
“There was the whole of January, whole of February, March, all making the car quicker in the wind tunnel and also in the design departments. We got quite a lot of ideas about how to make it