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The asymptotic theory that should give F1 fans hope for a closer 2024 season

After Red Bull’s walkover last year, Formula 1 fans are hopeful of a closer contest at the front in 2024. Having seen the midfield compact at a rapid rate, Mercedes technical director James Allison provides a hypothesis that points to answering the biggest question going into the new season

Mercedes technical director James Allison is always one of the more fascinating and fun people to interview in the Formula 1 paddock. The first reason is that, as a journalist, you have to be totally sure you don’t trip up with your questions and fumble your words in asking something stupid. That is because Allison is one of the sharpest there is at picking up every nuance you utter. So, if you have made a blunder, he will be on to it and he will make you squirm with a huge smile on his face. He confesses it’s all part of the fun of making interviews a bit less boring!

Survive that challenge though, by asking the right questions, and Allison is always hugely insightful and tremendously eloquent in his explanations and theories about where things stand with his team and F1 as a whole.

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