Mercedes F1| Interesting facts about the W14

Mercedes F1| Interesting facts about the W14

The Mercedes W14 is a Formula One racing car designed and developed by the Mercedes team. It is scheduled to compete in the 2023 Formula One racing season. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell are to be the men behind the steering wheel during this event. 

In comparison to the Mercedes W13, the Mercedes W14 will surely be a light at the end of the tunnel for Mercedes. There are areas of improvement where the team has made changes and upgrades in order to increase its chances of winning in the 2023 Grand Prix Formula One racing events. Zeroing in on these areas has given the team an upper hand in the competition and the future surely looks bright for Mercedes at the moment. To begin with, Mercedes has improved the W14 aerodynamic map.

Aerodynamic maps are one of the many tools which help engineers to build models of a car which then in turn determine the behaviour of the car. Through the Aerodynamic map, the Mercedes team has been able
to solve the problem of porpoising that has been present in the W13 version. Porpoising, otherwise known as bouncing, is made when under floor aero stalls of the car and the car is pushed away from the ground. This is a health hazard to both the driver and the car as the driver is vulnerable to back pains, neck pains and micro-concussions. 

The car may experience in Mick Schumacher words a "leakage just two laps in". Therefore, to solve this problem, Mercedes has generated an amount of downforce from the bottom to prevent it from porpoising. This has been achieved through maximising the amount of downforce through the Ventri channels. These Ventri channels also increase the latter's ability to deform and closes the outer edges of the car towards the bottom which prevents them from porpoising. 

Another problem for Mercedes that has been solved for the W14 series through the aerodynamic map is the outwash. The generation of the outwash is to push air across and around the front tyre in order to alter the turbulence it generates and direct it away from the car. With the outwash upgraded, Mercedes W14 should have little or no worry at all as this will prevent the 'bouncing' of the car hence leading to convenient and safe racing.

Another area of improvement for the Mercedes W14 is the Sidepod zero. The Sidepod radiates the engine for cooling. This is a very important part of the car as Formula One racing cars move at a fast speed. Without the Sidepod, the car is at a risk of exploding as the engine will have been heated up due to the speed. 

The design of the Mercedes W14 will be similar to W13 but the difference is it will be more refined. The Suspension, which is a system of tires, shock absorbers, dampers, tire air and linkages that connect a vehicle to its wheels, allowing relative movement, has been elevated so as to improve the performance of the W14 Mercedes team. 

The large amount of data that has been accumulated that has been accumulated to analyse behaviour on the track has made it possible for this upgrade. Over the past years, Mercedes has had a very advanced dynamic platform to analyse different setups of cars with different behaviours. This analysis has opened the windows of improvement for a new suspension in 2023. 

Particular attention has been paid at tire management during the race. As of the next season in February 2023, Pirelli will bring a simultaneously new harder compound and revised front tire which will reduce understeer when moving at low speed. Another area of concern that has been improved in the W14 is the Engine Reliability. There has been certain complaints about Brixworth which serves as a power unit for Formula One. 

Some of these include the issue of porpoising and for the first half of the year 2022, it suffered a number of problems to the points of physical stress, this has also affected the team's mental health. With these issues putting Mercedes W13 at dire straits, the Brixworth team have come up with a series of incremental stress tests so as to strike a balance between the weight and resistance. However, there still remains a crucial issue that has to be resolved soon in the Mercedes organisation. New technology has been approved and this would guarantee an important improvement in the Hybrid level especially in terms of efficiency, though more light will be shed on this in the next season. 

Weight distribution is going to be part of the W14 Mercedes version. At the moment, there are no official news regarding this, the information available has been heard through the grapevine. Almost all teams in Formula One racing will reach the minimum weight limit of 796kg. The Mercedes W14 has struck a balance between the front and rear axles in order to not compromise the car's handling. 

The Mercedes W14, seems to be the grass on the greener side in the teams circle of influence. With the current improvements from W13 made which are Engine Reliability, Suspension, Sidepod and the Aerodynamic Map, the future looks bright for Mercedes W14 and all this is yet to be manifested soon in the 2023 February season.