Mercedes explains why the W14 kept “the DNA of the W13”

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Mercedes’ Technical Director Mike Elliott says “there was a lot of goodness in the W13”, and with the W14 there is “a lot of evolution and detail improvement”.

When Mercedes revealed its 2023 challenger – the W14, it was obvious that many design features from the W13 remained, most notably the ‘zero sidepod’ concept.

The team’s technical director Mike Elliott explains why.

“From the outside, after eight years of winning back-to-back World Championships and then having a poor year, many might expect that we would be tearing up the drawings and starting again but that’s not the case,” the Briton said.

“We believe there was a lot of goodness in the W13, along with some things that we didn’t like.

“For the W14, it’s about taking that goodness and carrying it forward, and correcting the issues that we had in the W13.

“With this generation of cars, the performance is all in the detail. A lot of that detail is in the floor, so it is not very visible to the fans.

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“When you look at the W14, you will see the DNA of the W13 but also a lot of evolution and detail improvement.

“That may surprise some people but in all the testing we have done, we have seen no reason to move away from our concept.

“The problems that we faced last year, particularly with the bouncing, were not a result of the geometry of the car.

“Overall, I think you will see the DNA of the W13 but also a lot of evolution and detail improvement.

“If we were to explain all the details that we have changed and why we have changed them, it would show the huge amount of work that has gone into this car,” Elliott concluded.

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