Why Red Bull closed in on Mercedes by the end of 2020?

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Although Mercedes was absolutely dominant in 2020, winning 13 out of 17 races, Red Bull closed the gap a bit by the season’s end.

Mercedes Technical Director James Allison explains why this happened.

“We stopped [car development] earlier than normal,” Allison told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Because of the lockdown we also lost seven weeks of time in the wind tunnel. A season normally lasts about 35 weeks, so we already had a fifth less time.

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“Our last aerodynamic development was completed in mid-July, a month and a half ahead of schedule.

“The latest upgrades were put on the car at Spa. In total we have included three upgrades this season.

“The first in Austria, then in Silverstone and finally the smallest upgrade in Spa,” concluded the Briton.

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