At the start of the 2020 Formula One season, it was believed that the Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance would be one of the fastest race cars ever built. In the 17-race season, the car tallied up 15 pole positions, 9 fastest laps, 25 podiums, 13 race wins, 573 points, and 2 World Championship titles.
With regulations staying largely unchanged between seasons, the W11 was an evolution of the Team’s 2019 contender - the car that won Mercedes its historic sixth consecutive double championship. Upon its creation, the team looked at a myriad of areas to improve the car, changing the vast majority of over 10,000 parts to extract maximum performance.
In addition to the detail changes and smaller improvements, the team introduced three larger changes - one at the front, one at the middle and one at the back of the car.
In the front, we saw a more complex structure around the uprights and wheel rims to provide overall higher performance. In the middle, we lowered our upper side impact tube to maximise aerodynamic gains. Finally, at the back of the car the Team developed an alternative suspension layout, making room for further aerodynamic development throughout the season.