Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are set to drive a completely different car next season as Mercedes admits they will likely run a new concept in 2023. Mercedes head of track operations Andrew Shovlin has revealed it is unlikely they will next year’s car will look just like this one. failed design of the year.
Shovlin emphasized that the Silver Arrows were now looking at other teams’ machines for ideas for their own package next season. He said: “We don’t think that simply changing our pontoon will change our competitiveness.
“We are certainly not of that mind. We are also not committed to saying that this is what the Mercedes car should look like. Since the first part of the year we are looking at the bodywork of other teams and certainly looking forward to next year, looking up and down the grid for ideas.
“And it may be that we’re not just taking another team’s idea, but we’re looking at combinations of different concepts. But it is a gradual process. I think fundamentally our car is not going to change much in terms of appearance this season, but I would be surprised if next year’s car looks the same.”
It comes after Mercedes has suffered its worst season in a decade with Hamilton and Russell unable to change the leaders on term.
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He explained, “I think it would be silly not to have a level of humility that you think you’ve potentially screwed up and you go and look at what everyone else has done. That’s not just the Red Bull concept, it’s looking at all the concepts up and down the grid and saying, ‘What looks interesting and why?’
Elliott added: “We’ll go and look and say, ‘What do we think the Red Bull bodywork does and why does it do it?’ The same for all the other cars up and down the grid, and [we will] see what we can learn from that, see what we can apply.”
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