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Mercedes F1’s Grand Reveal: Monaco Upgrade Unveiled



Mercedes Upgrade F1 Monaco

Unveiling a new era in racing, Mercedes F1 introduces its remarkable 2023 upgrade at the Monaco Grand Prix, promising an enhanced driving experience.

Mercedes F1 Unveils Highly Anticipated 2023 Car Upgrade at Monaco Grand Prix. The initial images of Mercedes’ significant upgrades to their 2023 Formula 1 vehicle have been revealed during the prestigious event.

The enhancements include a new front suspension, refreshed sidepods and floor, with the initial pictures taken in Monaco showcasing the extent of these changes.

The redesigned sidepods have shifted from Mercedes’ distinctive streamlined design to a more conventional downwashing concept. However, some original features undoubtedly remain due to the complexity of completely overhauling the underlying car structure during the season.

Mercedes had previously indicated that modifications aimed at enhancing the driver’s experience were in the pipeline, leading to the introduction of the updated front suspension.

This set of improvements was initially slated to premiere at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola last week, but the race was cancelled.

Consequently, Mercedes is testing these upgrades for the first time on the unconventional circuit of the Monaco streets.


Prior to the weekend races, Mercedes team leader Toto Wolff acknowledged the “uniqueness” of the event but believed it provided a chance to understand the upgrades better.

He advised caution, saying, “We must not infer too much from this solitary event.”

Wolff revealed that they were launching the initial phase of a new development pathway.

He noted that it wouldn’t act as an immediate fix-all solution, stating, “from my experience, silver bullets don’t exist in our sport.”

He expressed hopes that the modifications would provide the drivers with a more stable and predictable platform, which they could then refine and improve upon in the ensuing weeks and months.

Mercedes Upgrade F1 Monaco

Mercedes Upgrade F1 Monaco

Mercedes Upgrade F1 Monaco


  1. sandra

    25/05/2023 at 21:49

    Indeed, multiple teams in Formula 1 have managed to bring significant upgrades across seasons, demonstrating their commitment to improving their performance. McLaren, Williams, Aston Martin, and Alpine have all made substantial shifts in their car concepts in recent years. It’s worth noting that Williams may not yet be operating at the cost cap, as it takes time for teams to adjust their operations and comply with the regulations.

    Teams like McLaren have even gone through multiple concept changes, indicating their dedication to finding the most effective design. Alpine has shown a consistent stream of upgrades throughout the seasons, and Red Bull brought a notable upgrade to the second test last year, despite its visual similarities to previous parts. The costs involved in developing these upgrades should not be underestimated.

    Mercedes’ decision to continue bringing upgrades to their car was driven by the need for improvement, as their initial concept did not deliver the desired results. It’s important to recognize that these upgrades are part of their strategy for the early stages of the season, and it’s possible that they have considered the impact on future developments and resource management. Prioritization and efficiency are crucial aspects that every team must consider in order to optimize their performance, and Mercedes is no exception in this regard.

  2. IZUEL

    25/05/2023 at 21:48

    It seems you are expressing concerns about Mercedes’ intentions with their Silicon Valley development and its potential impact on the cost cap in Formula 1. The idea you’re suggesting is that by providing schools, shopping malls, and housing for their workers within their Silicon Valley project, Mercedes could effectively reduce the salaries of their employees without violating the cost cap. The reasoning behind this is that if these amenities are offered at a significantly lower cost or even for free within the Silicon Valley, workers could accept lower salaries as their essential living expenses would be covered. Additionally, by running these facilities as separate businesses that do not generate profit, they would not be subject to the cost cap restrictions.

    It’s important to note that the concept you’ve presented is hypothetical and speculative. While the cost cap regulations are in place to ensure a more level playing field and control excessive spending in Formula 1, the specific details and strategies employed by teams to comply with these regulations may vary. Without official confirmation or further information, it is difficult to determine the precise intentions behind Mercedes’ Silicon Valley project or how it may impact the cost cap.

  3. moise

    25/05/2023 at 21:45

    As anticipated, the presence of Aston Martin-like waterslides to direct airflow towards the beam wing has been confirmed. However, the unexpected removal of the mid wing suggests that its purpose extends beyond simply reducing drag (a concept borrowed from Red Bull Racing). It is plausible that Mercedes has integrated new radiators and intercoolers into this revised design, justifying such a significant alteration. It is possible that Red Bull Racing made the most significant innovations within the sidepods.

    Another surprising aspect is the extent of the changes made to the front suspension. Mercedes has traditionally excelled in developing in-house specialties such as suspension/steering geometry and tire management, but these were not evident in the W13. While replicating the Red Bull Racing/Aston Martin front end without a similar anti-squat geometry at the rear may pose challenges, it is likely that Mercedes has addressed some of the inherent issues related to kinematics, steering, and braking in their anti-dive suspension.

    While it may not be as groundbreaking as Dual Axis Steering (DAS), the revisions made to the front suspension are expected to provide a significant improvement, particularly for the demands of the Monaco circuit. This modification should create a noticeable gap between Mercedes and Ferrari and Aston Martin. However, achieving a bronze medal at best is my prediction for their performance outcome.

  4. aksas

    25/05/2023 at 21:43

    It would have been intriguing if Mercedes had chosen to implement only the suspension change during the Monaco Grand Prix, reserving the introduction of the new bodywork for the subsequent race. Since Monaco is a low-speed track, the impact of the bodywork modifications would likely be minimal (hopefully no major issues arise, or there could be a rushed effort to prepare for the next race). This approach could have enabled Mercedes to isolate and assess the effects of the suspension change separately from the bodywork, gathering valuable data to inform their strategy for the next Grand Prix.

  5. olivier

    25/05/2023 at 21:41

    The anticipated Mercedes F1 upgrade that has been long awaited is on the verge of transforming into a scenario where Lewis Hamilton expresses dissatisfaction and disappointment upon discovering that the upgrade does not provide him with the dominant car advantage he had hoped for. This disappointment stems from his perceived deficit in driving skills compared to Max Verstappen.

    It is unfortunate for the hardworking Mercedes engineers who have dedicated themselves to the project, as they may find themselves unfairly blamed by the highly paid but overrated driver, who earns a staggering $40 million. It is possible that the Mercedes engineers experience a certain fear and anxiety, perhaps even having distressing nightmares about being criticized or scapegoated by Hamilton, akin to being metaphorically thrown under a bus.

  6. Sarah

    25/05/2023 at 10:41

    It seems you have a strong opinion about the situation. You believe that the team should stick to their original concept indefinitely to maintain their uniqueness.

  7. samstokes

    25/05/2023 at 10:40

    I’m eagerly anticipating Ken’s explanation, complete with visual aids featuring images and helpful annotations. Sometimes, it can be challenging to grasp the details of what we’re observing without such clarifications.

  8. whiterabbit

    25/05/2023 at 10:30

    From the given perspective, it’s difficult to determine if those are standard-sized sidepods or still a slimmed-down version. However, after a closer examination, the side profile seems to resemble that of an Aston Martin.

  9. Michael

    25/05/2023 at 10:29

    I’m curious about the likelihood of Mercedes not progressing to Q3. This isn’t necessarily due to a flawed concept, but rather their need to recalibrate the car’s setup, something other teams already did back in Bahrain. I guess the odds will hinge on how differently this new concept operates compared to their initial one.

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