Reviews Toto Wolff: Red Bull 2021 "double challenge" for Mercedes

19:26  22 february  2021
19:26  22 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes contract: what's still a problem?

 Lewis Hamilton's new Mercedes contract: what's still a problem? © Motorsport Images Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff after the World Cup decision in Istanbul The Formula 1 season 2021 will begin in Melbourne in 113 days, but who will drive for Mercedes alongside Valtteri Bottas is still not certain. Team boss Toto Wolff no longer rules out the possibility that the 2020 season will end on the third Sunday in Advent in Abu Dhabi without a new contract for the now seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen & Perez greifen Mercedes 2021 mit voller Kraft an © Motorsport Images Verstappen & Perez will attack Mercedes in 2021 at full speed

Red Bull will be a " much stronger opponent " for the 2021 Formula 1 season Be a Mercedes, prophesied team boss Toto Wolff a few weeks ago. Now he confirms this forecast again. He sees the top team from Milton Keynes as "a double challenge", the Viennese told 'Speedweek'.

Max Verstappen has recorded the last seven victories for Red Bull in the past three years. All the pressure of expectation weighed on the Dutchman, he was the undisputed number 1 in the racing team and the first Mercedes pursuer last year.

With Sergio Perez , Verstappen has to deal with an experienced points collector this season, who is always good for a surprise. "That is a very strong combination," Wolff also knows. With "drivers of this caliber", Red Bull is no longer just a threat in the world championship battle of the drivers, but also in the battle of the designers.

Mercedes: GP Sachir is not an early shoot-out for 2022

 Mercedes: GP Sachir is not an early shoot-out for 2022 Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff assured, Mercedes with George Russell and Valtteri Bottas will not have a shoot-out for a cockpit in the 2022 season from George Russell against Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes. Is the Mercedes team duel at the Sachir Grand Prix this weekend perhaps a qualifying drive for a cockpit in the world championship team? As the person in charge, Toto Wolff doesn't want to know anything about this and says: "No, not at all." One shouldn't overestimate the situation in which Ru

Wolff: "Red Bull had the fastest car in Abu Dhabi"

The team leadership around Helmut Marko and Christian Horner eliminated this weakness in the constructors' battle for the title of only having one constant driver who can win every race. With the signing of Perez, the team now has a second strong driver who has already won a Grand Prix.

The team not only expects the Mexican to challenge Verstappen, but also to annoy the Silver Arrows strategically at best. Tactical games were often not possible in previous years with Alexander Albon and Pierre Gasly because the two of them could not reach the Verstappen pace.

At the season finale in Abu Dhabi, the Bulls showed that Red Bull is able to clearly beat Mercedes on its own. "At the end of last year, Red Bull actually had the fastest car," believes Mercedes team boss Wolff.

future at Mercedes? Wolff announces decision

 future at Mercedes? Wolff announces decision The future of team boss Toto Wolff at Mercedes was unclear for a long time. Now the 48-year-old has given his racing team the yes-word. © Provided by sport1.de Future at Mercedes? Wolff announces decision Toto Wolff will remain with the Mercedes world champions as team boss. Yes, I will stay in Formula 1! Also as a team boss, "said the 48-year-old in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Wolff's contract expires at the end of the year and his future was open until the very end.

Video: How much Red Bull is there in AlphaTauri's new Formula 1 car? (glomex)

"The question is how far Mercedes drove there below its level and what the effect was that they had to cut performance because of the reliability problems," says Red Bull team boss Christian Horner against the Wolff claim 'auto motor und sport' against.

Although the victory was "good", Horner fears that the clear defeat only motivated Mercedes more. For him, the team from Brackley remains the clear favorite for the world title, also in the 2021 season.

Because: "You had an incredible car last year, the main features of which will be at the start this year as well." Due to the token regulation and the freezing of further development, Mercedes will also be able to use a large part of the world champion car in 2021.

Why the Red Bull bolide 2021 is not called the RB17

While the development of the Silver Arrows 2020 focused on this year's car after the seventh race of the season, Red Bull continued to develop the RB16 almost until the end of the season. Mercedes justifies the early swing with the technical changes to the underbody .

Ex–Elvis Presley 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 For Sale

  Ex–Elvis Presley 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 For Sale Time to ride with the King.

For the transition year, the FIA ​​decided to reduce the downforce of cars by around ten percent. Therefore restrictions on the underbody, the diffuser and the rear brake ventilation were decided. "That forced a rethink in the entire concept," Wolff explains to 'Speedweek'.

Postscript: "Therefore, we cannot rule out that Red Bull or Aston Martin will come up with a better solution." Horner, in turn, has a different philosophy and reveals that Red Bull has been developing for so long because many parts will be taken over in 2021.

The Verstappen team has already tested the new underbody during free practice in Abu Dhabi to prevent correlation problems. The new hit by Verstappen and Perez will be presented to the public on February 23rd .

By the way, the car will not have the name RB17, but RB16B. The reason for this: "It's the first time we're taking a chassis with us into the new season. And because of the homologation regulations, there is also a high percentage of parts. That's why it's more honest to call the car RB16B." There will therefore never be an RB17, and the new car will be named RB18 in 2022.

High-end branded car audio systems: Are they worth the money? .
Here's a closer look at what goes into the creation of these often expensive audio upgrades.Before its partnership with Jeep , McIntosh worked directly with Harley-Davidson, Subaru and Ford on branded audio systems; the latter is exclusive to the 2005-2006 Ford GT. It also offered very high-end aftermarket car audio systems for a while, and has been around as a company since 1949.

usr: 0
This is interesting!