Rumor: Mercedes W14 suffered suspension failure during testing
If reports are to be believed, not everything is reportedly going Mercedes’ way with their 2023 car, the W14.
thejudge13.com reports that their sources have told them that the Germans discovered faults with their suspension.
According to the site, Mercedes ‘are hurriedly manufacturing metallic suspension arms after faults were found with the carbon bones they originally designed and fitted’.
The reported fault is believed to be hugely significant, with the W14’s carbon tub having also reportedly flexed more than the Germans intended.
Despite this, the car did pass its FIA crash test; however, the site understands that Mercedes will have to add weight to the W14 to solve at least the tub issue, something which is an easy fix according to thejudge13.com.
Whether this is true or not, is anyone’s guess. We won’t know if Mercedes has another lemon on their hands until the first weekend in March at the first race of the 2023 season.
Since Chief Design engineer Aldo Costa left the team, things have not gone very well.