Mercedes intends on bringing upgrades to the track in the coming races to help them in their battle for second in the championship with Ferrari.
After winning eight consecutive constructors’ titles – from 2014 to 2021 Mercedes relinquished their crown to Red Bull following the new ground effect rules that came into the sport in 2022, finishing third in last year’s championship
Speaking on Mercedes’ YouTube channel, debriefing the Japanese GP, Wait said while the team’s attentions had turned to the W15, they were still looking to improve the present car in the hopes of sealing P2.
When asked if it was worth Mercedes adding updates to the W14 moving forward for the rest of the season.
“Ultimately this decision is never as black and white as it seems.
“While we will have to use the winter to make more fundamental development to the W15, there is 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, and that’s what we’ve already been doing and will continue to do.
“The new parts we bring to the car 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.
And 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 really tight battle for P2 with Ferrari and that position in the championship is really important to all of us, and so we have upgrades in the pipeline and will continue to keep bringing them to the car”, Rose Wait concluded