Mercedes share details as Lewis Hamilton to receive boost

Mercedes will debut a new front wing at Silverstone as part of their development plan.

Mercedes has disclosed details of their next upgrade to the W14, with team principal Toto Wolff previously hinting at a significant improvement set to debut at Silverstone. 

The team has been implementing comprehensive changes to the concept of their car since Monaco, leading to improved performances in subsequent races as they draw closer to the front-runners.

Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin has now revealed that the latest alteration to the car will be a new front wing, set to make its debut at the upcoming Silverstone Grand Prix. 

This upgrade is part of a two-step plan, with Wolff previously mentioning a “big one” at Silverstone followed by a “smaller one” in the future.

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Notably, rivals Ferrari and Aston Martin have recently introduced new front wing concepts, and now Mercedes will join them in this development. 

Shovlin acknowledged the intense competition among the top four teams, which expanded to a top five with McLaren’s strong showing in Austria, where Lando Norris impressed with his extensively updated MCL60.

Despite the growing challenge from their rivals, Shovlin expressed hope that the new front wing upgrade to the W14 would help propel Mercedes forward after a relatively underwhelming weekend in Austria. 

In the team’s post-race debrief, Shovlin shared his excitement about the upcoming British Grand Prix, highlighting the team’s proximity to the track and the tremendous support they receive from the fans.

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“We’ve got updates coming to the car, we have a new front wing that we’re going to be bringing that will hopefully move us a bit further up the grid,” said Shovlin. 

“And also, we’re hoping that the track itself is just going to suit the car a bit better than that Austria circuit.”

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Acknowledging the dominance of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull car, Shovlin emphasised the intense battle between Mercedes, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and McLaren. 

He assured fans that the team is putting in significant effort to extract the maximum potential from their package and deliver an exciting race.

“So as I said, we’re going to be working really hard to make sure we can get as much out of the package as we can, and hopefully it’ll be a great race for all the fans,” concluded Shovlin.