James Allison discusses Mercedes’ 2023 ‘development journey’

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Mercedes’ Technical Director James Allison says the team is “not just adding bread and butter performance”, but also “assessing what we got wrong with our decisions last year”.

In Mercedes’ mid-season review Q&A, Technical Director James Allison was asked to assess the team’s ‘development journey’.

“The development journey hasn’t been that different to any other year,” the Briton said.

“Trying to add performance to the car with all the tools you have available. Finding more downforce, trying to not make the car heavier, making it handle better.

“The rewarding thing is we are not just adding bread and butter performance. We are also collectively assessing what we got wrong with our decisions last year.

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“These were things we understood within the first few weeks of running the car. Since then, a major focus has been putting them right.

“I find that quite enjoyable and I know it’s been rewarding for everyone in the technical team.”

Allison was then asked what were the biggest gains found with the W14.

“Simply putting downforce on the car in the medium to high-speed area of the aero map.

“That downforce is found closer to the ground than we had developed the car in the first instance,” he concluded.

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