Mercedes planning ‘Silicon-Valley-style’ campus

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has announced major development plans for the team’s Brackley headquarters as part of a £70 million investment project.

Mercedes have unveiled plans for a huge £70 million development project, as the team looks to develop a “Silicon valley-style” base through substantial investment in staff and infrastructure.

The proposal, which is set to be completed by 2025, will create an impressive base in Brackley for the eight-time Constructors’ champions.

“We want it to become its own little village, with all the amenities and benefits that you would expect from a Silicon Valley-style environment,” Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said.

“The Brackley campus was built to accommodate 350 people, and today we are at 1250. 

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“The development of the campus over the last five years was done at an astonishing pace and this now looks like an F1 team with modern state-of-the-art facilities.”

Mercedes are in the middle of a plan to revamp their operations to ensure long-term success in the sport, as they chart a comeback under the new era of regulations.

At the Monaco Grand Prix, the efforts of the team are set to be on show, as Mercedes rolls out much needed upgrades to their underperforming W14.

The focus will be on the changes Mercedes bring to their sidepod design, which, so far, has seen them lagging behind their rivals.

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It’s not yet known whether the team will push ahead with their ‘zero sidepod’ concept, alter it or completely scrap it in favour of an approach similar to the other Constructors on the grid.

The team will be hoping that, with the new parts and Lewis Hamilton’s experience around Monaco, having secured three victories and four podiums, Mercedes could enjoy a good weekend in the principality.

In the 2023 Constructors’ Standings, Mercedes currently finds itself in P3, with 96 points, 128 points behind title leaders Red Bull and hot on the tails of Aston Martin in P2.