Mercedes’ engine chief has
admitted that the team has suffered a “few little issues” with the development
of its power unit for the 2020 Formula 1 season.
The Silver Arrows romped to
a sixth successive title in 2019 but faced a power disadvantage to main rival
Ferrari, and the German marque has been striving to recover the deficit.
Mercedes is due to unveil
its W11 on February 14, five days prior to the start of pre-season testing at
the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The Brixworth-based HPP
[High Performance Powertrains] operation also supplies Racing Point and
“[There’s] lots going on in
Brixworth, lots of improvements across the whole power unit on the ERS side and
internal combustion engine side,” said Andy Cowell in a social media post
released by Mercedes.
“But we are fighting a few
little issues as we pull everything together.
“So, lot’s of work
going into building the right spec, getting it long run and then providing the
power units to the (customer) teams so they can fire up their cars, and then
getting the hardware to go track testing for the car launch on February 14th.
“Then we’ll head of
the Barcelona to hopefully have three cars pounding round the track. Just six
days of track testing before we’re off to Melbourne.
“And with the race
pool, a huge number of those parts are already made, assemblies going together
and the challenge of getting everything to the other side of the world.
“So, busy time chasing
bits of performance, getting the reliability there and getting a huge amount of
hardware to the other side of the world.”