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Fittipaldi: Monaco will show if big Mercedes upgrade works

mercedes w14b new car f1 monaco 2023 upgrade

While Monaco is not the ideal track to unleash an all-new package, the new direction Mercedes are taking with their W14 will be tested on the twists of the unique venue predicts double Formula World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Mercedes finally ditched the zero-sidepod concept that plagued the team since it was introduced for the 2022 season; in short, it was one of the worst car they produced in the modern era in which they claimed fifteen F1 titles in eight years.

Imola was meant to be the change in direction for the team, owing their drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell a decent car again, but the cancelled Emilia Romagna Grand Prix means the car will break cover today in free practice on the streets of Monte Carlo.

One could argue Monaco is hardly ideal to roll out a new car (which the new W14 essentially is) but Fittipaldi suggests we will learn if the car is better through slow corners than its ‘predecessor’ and implying a good F1 car should be strong everywhere.

It will be interesting to see because Monaco is different from anything else

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Ahead of Round 6, the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, speaking to MyBettingSites.co.uk the Brazilian legend said: “If they are mechanical upgrades, for sure they will help in Monaco. Aerodynamic upgrades will help but less because of much lower speeds.

“In Imola, a small difference in downforce would make a major difference in the corners as there are a lot of fast corners. Monaco, a good aerodynamic change always helps but not so critical as on a fast track.

“It will be interesting to see because Monaco is different from anything else. You need tremendous traction, a good front end, turning and supporting the weight of the car being transferred to the front of the car in a very aggressive way.

“And the rotation has to be fast in these cars and they’re huge. They have such a long wheelbase now. This is why if Mercedes’ new upgrade improves the turning on slow corners that’s going to show in Monaco. But who knows? Only they know.” And we’ll know soon enough.

I think there will be a lot of strange, critical situations in qualifying

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As for Monaco’s 69th Grand Prix, F1’s annual Crown Jewel, Fittipaldi told VegasInsider: “Iit is difficult to supersede Monaco because it has the charm and glamour of the marina, the yachts. People fly from all over the world to be there. Italian fans and the tifosi are there.

“Monaco will always stay a part of F1 but it’s getting less exciting because qualifying is 95 percent of the result. The cars are so long now and so big. And not just that but you only have one flying lap on the tires.

“Supposing I was driving in Formula 1 right now and I finish my flying lap and did my time, for sure I will go slower back to the pits. And then where do I put the car if someone wants to overtake me, coming faster on the qualifying lap.

“I think there will be a lot of strange, critical situations in qualifying that can help or can damage people’s fast times. It could be luck, you know, to get a completely clear lap because you have no place to put your car if you’re slow and have to make space for the other guy. Nearly impossible,” added Fittipaldi.

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