Formula 1’s technical boss Pat Symonds says it took long for F1 teams to catch up to Mercedes, but that has now happened.
Mercedes has dominated Formula 1 since 2014, when the last big regulation change was implemented. However in recent years Ferrari and Red Bull got a little bit closer to the German manufacturer, performance-wise.
Symonds, who has worked for Benneton, Renault and Williams in the past, says the teams are now closer together.
“I didn’t expect the competition to take so many years to figure out Mercedes,” said Symonds.
“Fortunately, that has now happened and according to Mercedes, Ferrari now has even the strongest car.
“It was no surprise that Mercedes had the most dominant engine. They have a great infrastructure at the Brixworth plant with an incredible number of good people led by Andy Cowell. That is impressive.”
The Brit believes the competition will only get stronger in 2021, when new regulation kick in.
“If there is a dominant team next year, other teams will focus more quickly on the 2021 car. Teams in the back of the field will be investing in the 2021 car earlier.
“That’s why I expect an exciting season from 2021 onwards,” concluded Symonds.