Gary Anderson provides analysis of Mercedes’ Monaco upgrades

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Former F1 designer Gary Anderson says he expects “to see more changes before this team can really become a threat to Red Bull again”.

In his latest The Race column, former F1 designer Gary Anderson, who worked for Jordan, Stewart and Jaguar F1 teams, gave his first impression of Mercedes’ upgrades for the W14 introduced in Monaco.

“Mercedes has finally bitten the bullet and introduced a raft of development changes in the hope that it can change the fortunes of its 2023 Formula 1 season,” Anderson wrote.

“Personally I think it has taken a long time to realise that after seven totally dominant seasons, plus one very successful one, it simply got the new ground effect aerodynamic regulations wrong.

“But from what I have seen I am not totally convinced that it really believes it actually got it wrong and that its main competitor Red Bull, Aston Martin and Ferrari got it right.

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“Some of Mercedes’ changes seem a bit half-hearted. That might be because of the components or chassis structure underneath the body surfaces which it can’t change easily in-season and or the limitations of the budget cap. Either way to me it looks a bit of a halfway house.

“Monaco will be a very difficult circuit for optimising the number of changes it has introduced so I wouldn’t expect it to come to grips with its true potential this weekend.

“But as the season is slipping away it’s best to just get on with it, introduce the upgrades here and learn as much as possible.”

After giving a his analysis of each upgraded component, Anderson came to the following conclusion:

“As I said earlier, Monaco is not the track to try to optimise a major change in direction, so all Mercedes can do is the best possible within the constraints of a bumpy low-speed track that requires a softer and higher car than any other circuit on the calendar.

“As George Russell remarked, Mercedes is looking forward to Barcelona next week for a clearer picture.

“But what the team also needs to remember is that last year at Barcelona it was competitive and in the top six through all the sessions and it looked like its problems were over.

“But not so as a rude awakening at the next track [which was Monaco last year] was just around the corner.

“One swallow does not make a summer, it’s a long season and Mercedes personnel will need to build on and understand where these developments have taken them.

“I would expect to see more changes before this team can really become a threat to Red Bull again,” the Briton concluded.

You can read Anderson’s entire analysis here.

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