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Mercedes reveals revamped 2024 F1 car and new livery

by Josh Suttill
2 min read

Mercedes has showcased its W15, its long-awaited 2024 Formula 1 car that it hopes will help it close the gap to Red Bull this season.

The team will shakedown its new car at Silverstone later on Wednesday, as will McLaren after revealing its 2024 machine.

There wasn't any bold targets at the launch, instead team boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes wants to give its drivers a more predictable car.

"The target is to do a good job," Wolff said.

"Look inwards, like I said. Try to have a car on track that is predictable, that has lots of downforce, a strong engine.

"And just do a solid job, deliver on our targets. That is what we would like to achieve, To give a car to Lewis [Hamilton] and George [Russell] that they enjoy driving, and not as difficult as the previous years'.

"And hopefully in Bahrain in a week's time we will have more good feedback than bad, but I'm really looking forward to have that car out on track."

Mercedes has won just one grand prix in F1's current aerodynamic regulations cycle - and although it finished second in the constructors' championship last year, it scored fewer than half the points Red Bull did, and went winless for the first time since 2011.

The team spent much of last year - ever since it realised in Bahrain that it shouldn't have stuck with its 2022 concept - talking about making fundamental changes over the winter to its F1 car, as in-season developments were limited by the existing architecture of the W14.

The 2024 W15 machine is the chance to correct the limitations of the monocoque design, the rear suspension and the gearbox - something reappointed technical director James Allison spoke of throughout 2023.

And as expected the first look at the W15 confirms the sweeping changes.

But it also has a new unexpected livery with the traditional Mercedes silver on the front nose combined with the black used by the 2020-21, 2023 cars.

This will be the last Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will drive before his shock multi-year switch to Ferrari in 2025.

George Russell will continue for a third season with the team and has one final chance to prove he's ready to lead Mercedes when Hamilton departs.

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