Formula One is all about marginal gains, and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team go to extreme lengths to ensure their car is the quickest. When pole positions are determined by a mere hundredths of a second it is important that you are operating at your very best.
After Lewis Hamilton's victory in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, and Valtteri Bottas's second-place for the Silver Arrows, the team have notched up a record five-consecutive one-two finishes this season. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from the staff at their HQs in Brackley and Brixworth; plus an extraordinary level of detail.
Lewis said: "There is a broad area to focus on, but I think there will be small nuances and small percentages that will make a difference. There are lots of small little areas, one of them is from the driving side another is from the strategy side and with the car, I think we have done well with it trying to extract the best out of it each weekend."
Chief designer, John Owen, explains how no area is ignored, when it comes to making improvements, no matter how small they might seem. Recent changes have seen the team save around 10gs of weight on seamless fireproofs, while lighter shoes with shorter laces save 50g on each shoe.
"Driver kit was an area we attacked a few years ago," said Owen. "The length of the laces in shoes, the amount of Velcro in the racesuit, the thickness of the material. Then there are the gloves. It started with Nico Rosberg in 2016 and we now have the seams on the outside of the gloves.