Mercedes have revealed that their 2023 challenger, the W14, will be unveiled on 15 February. The Silver Arrows faced one of the most difficult seasons in their history in 2022 and will be hoping for a strong response this year.
Their car launch will be a day after potential rivals Ferrari launch their challenger on 14 February.
2023, we’re going all-in. 🤍💚 15.02.23 W14 E PERFORMANCE Launch 🗓️ pic.twitter.com/BixO716ymj
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) January 12, 2023
Mercedes have been the most dominant team on the grid over the last decade. Since the introduction of turbo-hybrid technology, the team has bagged seven consecutive driver’s championships (six with Lewis Hamilton and one with Nico Rosberg) and eight consecutive constructors’ championships. However, the 2022 season was a major downfall compared to their recent successes.
New regulations were introduced in 2022 and various teams, including Mercedes, struggled to adapt. They started to fall behind title rivals Red Bull and Ferrari and it appeared as if they would go through the season without a single victory.
However, George Russell was able to score their first victory of the season and his maiden F1 victory in Brazil. Though the team showed signs of a resurgence in the second half of the season, there is still a lot of work to be done.
This one goes out to all of our team-mates in Brackley and Brixworth who never gave up. 👏
Ready to face 2023 the Mercedes way. Together. 💪 pic.twitter.com/JMuKJLQc8g
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) January 11, 2023
Toto Wolff expects Mercedes to battle for championships again in 2023
Toto Wolff, the team principal of the Brackley-based outfit, has been the backbone of the team. His excellent leadership has led the Silver Arrows to immense success in F1.
Despite a major setback in the previous season, he is optimistic about the future. Wolff believes that the team has learned from the mistakes they made in the previous season and will look to improve in 2023. Speaking on the Beyond the Grid podcast, he said:
“At the end, it comes back to the sentence, ‘The days we lose are the days our competitors will regret’, because we learn the most. Hopefully the future will be proof of that.”
“With our learnings, the values in the team, the empowerment and the no blame culture, I think we will be back in a more potent form next year – hopefully winning races on merit and fighting for the championship. But is it a given? Certainly not.”
With the W14, Mercedes are expecting a much higher success rate in the upcoming season. They will also hope that seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will find his vintage form again.