It has been identified for some time that Mercedes technical director James Allison has been main a push for a dramatic overhaul of the squad’s F1 challenger, after accepting that its earlier strategy had not labored.
Staff boss Toto Wolff revealed on the finish of final yr that no stone was being left unturned in its quest to attempt to get again to the entrance of the grid.
“There’s nearly each element that is being modified as a result of solely by doing that, I feel we’ve an opportunity,” he stated.
Whereas the complete scale of the Mercedes revisions is not going to be identified till Wednesday, and perhaps not even till testing, there may be affirmation of 1 important new path due to what has been noticed on the brand new Aston Martin AMR24.
With Aston Martin being a Mercedes buyer for its gearbox and rear suspension, the squad has to take the identical structure because the German producer.
So, as the primary pictures of the brand new AMR24 had been revealed on Monday morning, the swap to a push-rod rear suspension has pointed to what Mercedes is doing too.
As Aston Martin technical director Dan Fallows defined: “We’ve inherited new suspension from Mercedes.
“They offer us the gearbox and the construction of the rear suspension, in order that has modified barely from final yr as properly. So, there’s a change on the rear, however on the entrance it’s very comparable.”
Mercedes W14 element
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Mercedes and Ferrari had been the one producers to run a pull-rod rear suspension final yr, which their buyer groups had been additionally compelled to run due to the implications on gearbox design.
However with Crimson Bull having put the choice push-rod rear suspension structure to good use, it has develop into extra apparent about that route being a greater one.
There’s a trade-off available in having the inboard suspension elements greater up with a push-rod design, which isn’t nice from a weight and centre-of-gravity standpoint.
Nonetheless, in transferring these gadgets greater up, it’s clearing extra room within the coke bottle area and diffuser space for higher manipulation of airflow for the ground and rear wing, which ought to ship extra downforce.
The suspension path is one which Williams may also be taking because it takes elements off Mercedes too.
Staff principal James Vowles revealed on the workforce’s 2024 season launch that there can be some intriguing modifications on this entrance for his squad.
“When it comes to the rear suspension, there’s bits that we’re completely happy to speak about,” he stated. “However I am going to reserve it for Bahrain, as a result of there’s some fascinating issues to speak about the place we have gone on rear suspension.”
Aston Martin AMR24
Picture by: Aston Martin Racing
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