Will there be six F1 Mercedes cars in 2022?
More and more Formula 1 teams are buying more than just the drivetrains from their engine partners. Williams is also participating now.
AUTO BILD Motorsport also learned: According to internal calculations by a team, Williams would already be around 0.8 seconds faster per lap with the Mercedes transmission. An argument that even the new bosses around team boss Simon Roberts and the German Jost Capito cannot escape.
Teams follow the Haas model
The Haas team has been buying parts from Ferrari since 2016.
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Appropriate cooperation is only logical. The Haas team has been buying all parts from Ferrari that are permitted by the technical regulations since 2016. Team boss Günther Steiner explains to ABMS: “Let’s take the steering gear. This is a highly complicated part, technically very complex and expensive to build, but completely insignificant for the performance. Because there are no longer any differences between the various steering gears used by the teams. So why shouldn’t I buy this item off the shelf in Maranello? So I make the aerodynamic parts that have to be designed myself, and I go shopping for the rest. “
Other racing teams are now following this example. The result: Many teams are working closely together as early as 2021, but especially with the new cars in 2022. To put it bluntly, six Mercedes will drive against six Ferraris, four Red Bulls, two McLarens and two Alpines.
McLaren only gets the drive from Mercedes.
McLaren only gets the drive from Mercedes. Williams will not expand the technical cooperation until 2022.
Only Alpine has no way of working together. It is the only team that uses its own Renault engines.