It’s official: The new 2023 Mercedes-AMG F1 W14 E PERFORMANCE car has made its debut:
The data gathered at every single 2022 race is alive and well in the W14, with the culmination of a year’s worth of trials and tribulations under the hood. It’s proof that data drives Formula One, and the Team is armed with those insights from the challenges of 2022, emerging “refocused, re-energised, and ready.”
The W14 has been called “the meanest looking car on the grid”—and I have to agree. This beast of a prototype carries the torch for the W13, clad in sleek, matte black. Here’s a closer look at this next-generation prototype’s key features and upgrades:
- Cars can be 2kg lighter, with an adjustment to minimum weight restrictions. This year’s car features exposed carbon fiber, a move to drop even more grams.
- Larger rear-view mirrors and new safety standards for the roll hoop—a change that echoes Zhou Guanyu’s crash at Silverstone.
- An aim to “banish the bounce”—new rules around floor heights and diffusers aim to eliminate porpoising, which plagued many cars last year.
Mick Schumacher Joins as Reserve Driver
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team are bringing back a name of great legacy to the Silver Arrows as Mick Schumacher joins the Team as Reserve Driver (his father, Michael, raced for the Team from 2010 to 2012). This important role involves working with the simulator in Brackley, which delivers critical data trackside, and where he’ll join the team each weekend.
“[Mick] is a hard worker, has a calm and methodical approach, and is still hungry to learn and improve as a driver. These are all important qualities, and we’re excited for him to help us develop the W14.” –Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
Get Ready for Race One in Bahrain on March 5!
With 23 races on the schedule, including the first running of the Las Vegas Grand Prix, it’s sure to be an epic season. Get fired up, stay tuned, and enjoy the season!