Mercedes F1 team has partnered with sailor Ben Ainslie ahead of America’s Cup yacht competition. A Britain side hasn’t won the competition since 1851. Together, Mercedes and Ainslie will try their best as Mercedes pushes its team further and further.
The link between Mercedes and yachting has been a company named Ineos. Last year, Ineos bought a 33 percent stake in Mercedes’ F1 team. Since then, a cost budget cap has been introduced in F1, forcing Mercedes to move some of their personnel to different projects.
“We have had situations where engineers said, we have done this for seven years with seven world championships and they are asking where the next challenge is. And it doesn’t go any bigger than the challenge of winning the America’s Cup as Challenger of Record.”
“You are being the underdog, so you need to do an even better job. Some of the people throughout the departments have said this is a nice challenge that they would like to take up for the next three or five years and gain some understanding, which probably can be deployed back into Formula One.”Toto Wolff, Mercedes F1 boss
Mercedes assigns its best technical director on the project
Initially, up to 50 workers from Mercedes will develop an early design process of the yacht. James Allison, Mercedes’ chief technical officer, will be the technical lead on the yacht project. During his time in Formula 1, Allison has been one of the most brilliant technical minds.
“We hope we properly understand that being good at racing cars doesn’t mean you are good at making yachts. What we wish to do is to learn from people that are good at doing yachts the manner in which we can best help.”James Allison
Before taking on the yacht competitions, the Mercedes F1 team is fiercely battling for the 2021 F1 championships. After winning at the Russian GP, Lewis Hamilton regained the championship lead by two points. There are currently seven races left in the season, with Turkish GP being just days away.