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Mercedes Explain How the Budget Cap Limited Development on 2024 F1 Car

Allison returned to Mercedes in April 2023 after the team were disappointed with the recent performance of their cars produced under Mike Elliott. ...

Mercedes W15 has been built with a completely new design philosophy. This approach is always a risky move for a Formula 1 team, but Mercedes’ technical director, James Allison, said that despite that the team have been able to achieve their aims with the W15 though not entirely, thanks to restraints placed by the budget cap.

Allison returned to Mercedes in April 2023 after the team were disappointed with the recent performance of their cars produced under Mike Elliott. Under Allison’s direction, Mercedes have committed to extensive architectural changes to the W15.

“Bigger layout changes are not freed up by no longer having the hassle of racing, you make those big layout changes prior to the summer,” Allison explains. “So, when we talk about a layout change, you’re generally talking about where the engine sits in the chassis, what geometry of rear suspension you’re going to have on the gearbox and what changes you are going to make to the part that contains the driver.

“Those are all three things that are hypothetically do-able in the middle of a year but come at such huge opportunity cost that you would never contemplate it. But nevertheless, you need to commit to them in the preceding summer.

“The off-season is about proving to yourself on your internal rigs and simulators that those pieces are what you hope they might be; that it looks like it will deliver on your hopes.”

Mercedes feel that they’ve achieved what they set out to do, but while they may have improved their car, Allison stresses that other teams may have taken greater leaps. This is part of the risk inherent in a new design philosophy.

“I feel like we have delivered on all the things we said we wanted to do,” he said. “Some aspects are unbounded and therefore you can never be fully satisfied. We will not know until we run the car truly.

“But I think we can say that we feel like we have worked well. Formula 1 is a relative game. Whether we’ve worked well enough to be competitive, only time will tell. We do not know what everyone else has done.”

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