Mercedes engine once more probably the most dependable, however solely within the Mercedes itself
To complete first, you first want to complete. It’s a cliché assertion, however one which conceals a painful fact. Mercedes is supreme within the hybrid period and that’s primarily as a result of the group manages to place an especially dependable engine on the grid yearly. In years the place some say Ferrari had a quicker engine, Mercedes nonetheless simply received the title.
In 2020, Lewis Hamilton’s group was once more probably the most dependable, in line with figures from Auto, Motor und Sport. The publication explains that this lead over the opposite groups is, in fact, mirrored within the reliability of the engines. “It offers the engineers respiratory area with regards to growth. They don’t seem to be compelled to make the automobile quicker in danger”. And that’s clearly evident. Final season Mercedes had just one failure.
No progress by opponents
But the variety of Mercedes’ failures doesn’t inform the whole story of its engine. The place the Mercedes was nearly a tank, the automobiles of Racing Level and Williams have been broken much more typically – though these groups additionally use a Mercedes engine. Williams was compelled off the observe thrice as a result of a technical fault within the engine, whereas Racing Level needed to settle for at least 5 DNFs as a result of Mercedes engine.
Within the battle for the title, it additionally does not assist that Mercedes’ competitors is making little to no headway. Ferrari, like in 2019, needed to abandon a race thrice as a result of a technical defect and its buyer’s dropouts additionally got here to the identical quantity: 9 in whole. The identical appears to be happening at Honda, however with a setback for the primary group. In 2019 Purple Bull Racing needed to cope with engine failure twice, in 2020 at least 4 occasions. It’s to be hoped that Honda’s closing yr within the premier class of motorsport will probably be a high quality one.