RACE DEBRIEF

    Mercedes have confirmed when their 2023 F1 car will be launched, with the team pushing to return to regular winning ways.

    Mercedes racked up seven drivers’ titles and eight constructors’ titles from 2014 to 2021, having initially mastered the turbo-hybrid regulations, but major changes to the technical rules for 2022 saw them struggle with a troubled W13 package.

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    It took most of the season for the team to get on top of porpoising, and to get on terms with rivals Red Bull and Ferrari, allowing George Russell to lead home Lewis Hamilton in a breakthrough one-two at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

    After a busy winter, the Silver Arrows will be hoping that they can score consistent wins with the new W14, which will be launched on February 15, one day after rivals Ferrari.

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    Mercedes were limited to one race win in 2022, which George Russell achieved in Brazil

    Speaking on the Beyond The Grid podcast, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff explained how the squad adapted to their 2022 woes, and how he hopes the challenges faced will ultimately make them a stronger force.

    “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,” he said.

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    “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.”

    Russell and Hamilton will continue as team mates for a second season in 2023, while Mick Schumacher takes up the reserve driver role after losing his race seat at Haas.