F1 2023: Mercedes to Bring New Upgrades at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

The upcoming weekend grand prix could be a turning point for the former champion F1 team.

Formula One team Mercedes-AMG is planning to introduce a few upgrades at the upcoming Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Since the beginning of the 2023 Formula One championship, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have struggled to compete against rival team Red Bull, especially when it comes to straight-line speed.

Wolff’s statement

Mercedes-AMG’s team principal, Toto Wolff, spoke about the possible changes to their W14 F1 car. In the past, Wolff has admitted to copying Red Bull’s ride if that helps them get back to winning ways.

For the record, Mercedes is the only team that is presently running with its unique set-up of sidepods.

The German boss said, "I think we are chasing downforce and we're trying to do the best possible job in terms of the mechanical platform. What we're doing is we're introducing a new bodywork, and we're introducing a new floor and we're doing a new front suspension and that's pretty large. That's a pretty large operation. Large surgery. It’s going to be a lot of learning in the virtual world, where it is good lap time," as quoted by media outlet Crash.net.

"That's why the upgrade that we're bringing is going to help us to set the direction, and to understand the various areas that we believe could play a role in why the car is so poisonous to drive," Wolff added.

Possible upgrades

Folks at Crash.net analyzed the possible upgrades that the W14 could feature at the Imola Grand Prix. According to them, the car could feature a new floorboard to amass more downforce, which is one of the strong points of the Red Bull ride and allows the duo of Verstappen and Perez to gain unimaginable straight-line speeds.

Another area that Mercedes could improve is the front suspension of the W14.

Present F1 table

As of now, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is leading the championship with 119 points, whereas teammate Sergio Perez is holding onto the second spot with 105 points. To everyone’s surprise, veteran Alonso is in the third position with 75 points, whereas seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has gained merely 56 points to capture the fourth spot.