Mercedes explains why they’re continuing to develop the W14

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Mercedes’ Head of Strategy Rosie Wait explains why the team still have “upgrades in the pipeline and will continue to be bringing them to the car”.

With the 2023 season nearing its conclusion, most Formula 1 teams have either switched or are in the process of switching their focus to their 2024 cars.

Mercedes’ Head of Strategy Rosie Wait, however, explains Mercedes is still developing their 2023 challenger.

“Whilst we will have to use the winter to make more fundamental developments to W15, there are plenty of things we can do with the current car which will both make it faster and aid our learning and understanding to develop next year’s car,” Wait said.

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“That’s what we’ve already been doing and will continue to do. So, the new parts we bring to the track do both – hopefully add performance and make the current car go faster, but they are all specifically targeted around areas where we need to further our understanding.

“The things we will learn from testing them this year will directly feed into the development of the W15.

“We also mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we are in a tight battle for P2 with Ferrari and that position in the championship is really important to all of us.

“So, we have upgrades in the pipeline and will continue to be bringing them to the car,” she concluded.

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