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How the Rumble in the Jungle can inspire Mercedes to beat Red Bull

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After a bruising Styrian Grand Prix, Mercedes announced that while it would limit the development of its W12 Formula 1 car, it was not willing to give up fighting Red Bull for the 2021 title. Although the team's development stream is slowing with a focus on 2022, Mercedes still has lots of options available to keep it in the fight

It was only a matter of time before the current cast of Formula 1 teams elected to put a pin in the majority of their 2021 development and focus on next year's all-new formula, complete with the return to ground effect-style aerodynamics and simplified wings and bodywork.

Although F1 teams have, in the past, been able to do both simultaneously, the transition for 2022 isn't quite the same as the 2009 and 2017 aero overhauls – after all, there's the small matter of a cost cap to factor in this time around. As the legendary Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson once opined, don't half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.

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