The German automotive producer is chasing an eighth consecutive F1 title double this season, having been undefeated in the course of the turbo hybrid period.
However because it ramps up work for the beginning of the 2021 marketing campaign, its engine chief Hywel Thomas has revealed that it’s dealing with some early yr challenges.
“We have now received some points with the ability items,” he mentioned in a video launched by Mercedes. “We all know we’ve points however we’ve loads of plans in place to repair all of these points. I am positive it should all be prepared for the primary race.”
Mercedes is not any stranger to dealing with dramas within the pre-season build-up, and 12 months in the past its then engine chief Andy Cowell admitted that the team was facing troubles in its preparations for the new campaign.
Whereas the workforce endured some reliability dramas in testing, it was finally in a position to get on prime of the matter by the point the delayed season began in July.
Mercedes is at the moment setting up its 2021 engines and has despatched out the primary batch of energy items to its buyer groups.
And whereas it now runs by way of sturdiness testing, new restrictions that restrict dyno use have added to its difficulties.
Moreover, engine homologation guidelines that rule out in-season energy unit modifications imply it has to get every little thing sorted by the season opening race in Bahrain.
Thomas added: “This yr there have been a number of additional further issues thrown at us. It has been the primary winter the place we have needed to react to a change to the laws, which limits the quantity of dyno hours we’re in a position to run.
“This implies we’ve to make each single dyno run rely and should make it possible for we’re fully productive, to be taught concerning the efficiency and the reliability of the Energy Unit throughout every hour
“Additionally, it is the primary winter the place we’ve ready for just one single improve for the entire season.
“So, we’ve to get all of our efficiency into the primary PU that goes to the primary race, whereas in earlier seasons we’ve been in a position to break up that up into completely different packages for every PU that will get launched.
“So, with that problem, we’ve to get completely every little thing there for the primary race and ensure it is utterly dependable.”