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Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid - reconfigured front suspension

24 Feb 2015

Mercedes' F1 W05 hybrid was the class of the field in 2014. We investigate a subtle change at the front of the Silver Arrows' latest challenger...

Mercedes' 2015 machine is best described as a radical evolution of last year's all conquering car, with the major differences all in the detail. An example is the front suspension: while the lower wishbone retains the unique wide plane shape used on the F1 W05 (which helped direct airflow behind the front wheel), the top wishbone is totally different from last year. Not only is it slimmer than in 2014, it no longer incorporates the steering link, which (as indicated by the red arrows) has been moved down in front of the lower wishbone plane to lower the centre of gravity.