Mercedes’ Technical Director Mike Elliott says “it would be silly not to have a level of humility” and “not go and look at what everyone else has done”.
From the beginning of 2022, Mercedes’ ‘zero sidepod’ car concept has not been able to produce the performance the team has been hoping for.
Since Red Bull currently seems to have the most complete package, Mercedes’ technical boss Mike Elliott was asked if the team is considering making a switch to their car concept in 2023.
“I think the bodywork, the bit that is visibly different, that you’re referring to, is probably not the key differentiator if you’d like,” Elliott said.
“It’s the detail in the floor design. We’ve evaluated some of the concepts in that direction. I’m not going to say which way we’re going to go, but we will look at that.
“I think it would be silly not to have a level of humility, and not think you might have got it wrong, and not go and look at what everyone else has done.
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“And that’s not just the Red Bull concept. That’s looking at all the concepts up and down the grid and saying what looks interesting and why.
“I think as an ex-aerodynamicist, what you try to do is to understand what you think is happening in the flow field.
“You work out what you want to do with the flow field, and then develop the bodywork shapes from there.
“So we’ll go and look at it and say: what do we think Red Bull bodywork does and why does it do that?
“It’s the same for all the other cars up and down the grid. Then we will see what we can learn from that, and see what we can apply.
“Maybe we’ll see changes this year. Maybe we’ll see changes next year. Or maybe we’ll stick with where we are.
“I think they’re the questions we’re trying to answer,” the Briton concluded.