A description of six Mercedes W14 F1 modifications

The extent of the improvements Mercedes has made to the Monaco Grand Prix of Formula 1 has been thoroughly described. The car has undergone several modifications over the years, and the modern version is a powerful and technically advanced machine.


With its new W14 challenger disappointing so far in the season, the German manufacturer has been busy at its Brackley factory making changes. Mercedes has been eager to provide a more consistent and reliable platform for its drivers, in addition to seeking overall downforce benefits with the most recent development. The front suspension and floor have also been modified, in addition to the obvious aesthetic alterations to the side pods. According to F1 regulations, any technical changes made to a team's car must be reported to the FIA, and the justification for such changes must be made public. Mercedes officially informed the FIA of six significant changes it had made to its car, along with the justifications for each, prior to the Monaco Grand Prix.

The six modifications are as follows:

The first modification is the Front Suspension

F1_Mercedes_Front_Suspension.jpgThe inboard pick-up for the forward leg's top wishbone has been raised. As a result of this modification, the wishbone wake is better positioned, which enhances onset flow into the sidepod and boosts cooling efficiency.

The second modification is the Sidepod Inlet

F1_Mercedes_Sidepod_Inlet.jpgA wide and high sidepod inlet enhances flow to the floor edge, increasing floor load and enhancing flow to the rear corner.

The third modification is the Sidepods and Bodywork

F1_Mercedes_Sidepods+Bodywork.jpgThe improved flow to the rear wing assembly and rear corner is a result of the wider bodywork, which also boosts local downforce.

The fourth modification is the Floor Fences

Due to the change in fence camber, a local load has been increased, and flow to the diffuser has been improved. This ought to increase the rear downforce.

The fifth modification is the Rear wing

F1_Mercedes_Rear_Wing.jpgThe higher camber of the rear wing flap results in greater rear wing load, which reduces pressure behind the car and hence increases rear floor load.

The sixth modification is the Rear Brake Duct Winglets

F1_Mercedes_Rear_Brake_Duct_Winglets.jpgThe local winglet load is added by a second cascade of cake-tin winglets attached to the additional winglet array. This reduces the pressure behind the lower suspension legs, increasing the strain on them as well.

Together, these six modifications make the Mercedes W14 F1 an impressive piece of engineering. The entire package works together to create a car that is more aerodynamic, more stable, and faster than ever before.