Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes have been working overtime to rectify the unexpected problems that they have faced before the start of the 2021 season. They have vowed to overcome these problems and bounce back before a battle with an improved Red Bull this season. Mercedes have won seven straight titles but now find themselves in unchartered territory. Both Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas struggled with the new W12 car.
“It feels like we have spent quite some time in Bahrain recently, and with mixed fortunes,” Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said “Overall, it was a tricky three days of testing for us. The W12 wasn’t as stable, predictable or planted as some of our rivals.”
Wolff mentioned that the team have had to adapt to the new rule changes which have affected the car as well as the cost-cap introduced from this year onwards.
“This team’s biggest strengths are our people and our values, and after a tough test, I know that we can fight back stronger,” he added. “But as we have found before, it’s from the difficult moments that we learn the most. I’m looking forward to getting this new and exciting season underway, seeing the progress we can make and how we fare in Bahrain.”