Mercedes explains how 2022 struggles will help with the W14

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin hopes “the big body of work that’s been going on for the last number of months has been to make sure that those issues on the [W]13 don’t get carried into the [W]14”.

Mercedes had been struggling with its car for most of 2022, but later on in the season, serious progress became noticeable.

Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin explains how the hard work being done on the W13 throughout the year, will hopefully prevent the same mistakes from being made with the W14.

“It’s fair to say that by the time you’ve got to the end of the season you’ve raced across a whole range of circuits, you should have pretty much understood all the issues, and certainly by the end of the year,” Shovlin said.

“Whilst we still had some problems with the car that were making us less competitive at some tracks those were not new problems.

“Those were problems that we could anticipate and that have been there for quite a while.


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“Now, the big body of work that’s been going on for the last number of months has been to make sure that those issues on the [W]13 don’t get carried into the [W]14.

“We made good progress there and you can see that in some of the later updates, particularly the update that we brought to Austin, just put us that bit closer to the front.

“A lot of our focus was making sure we can develop an update kit, bring it to the track and actually see it translate to performance.

“And hopefully the culmination of that work will mean that we can get an altogether more competitive package together for next year,” the Briton concluded.

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