Mercedes teases W15: Have they resolved Lewis Hamilton’s 2023 sitting issue?

With the upcoming season merely a month away, teams are gearing up for a formidable comeback this year. Engaged in strategic planning, each team is perfecting the skills required for their revamped cars for the upcoming season.

Mercedes, being no exception, has chosen a unique approach. In a bid to obtain reactions from fans, the team has teased spectators with a blurry image of the new W15, intensifying anticipation for what is in store.

Mercedes teases upcoming W15 with Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes has successfully captured his fans’ attention by giving them a brief look at the brand new W15 that the two-star drivers of the team will drive in. The blurred-out image shows Hamilton casually with the vehicle in the cockpit of the W15 as the team prepares for their comeback this season.

This year, even though the team has secured the second position in the prestigious Constructors’ Championship, the star driver, Lewis Hamilton, has faced a winless season due to the incapability of their previous car, W14. On the other side, his teammate George Russell managed just two podium finishes.

This season, however, Mercedes has no other option but to close the huge gap between Mercedes and Red Bull by ending Verstappen’s dominance. With the extension of the new contract, Hamilton has also expressed sincere optimism and growth when asked about their plans for the upcoming season.

Did Mercedes solve Lewis Hamilton’s sitting problem in 2023?

Lewis Hamilton expressed a major problem with the seat position of the car last year by claiming that their cockpit was extremely upfront. He said, “We sit closer to the front wheels than all the other drivers. Our throat pit is too close to the front. When you’re driving, you feel like you’re sitting on the front wheels, which is one of the worst feelings to feel when you’re driving a car.”

This was an issue that could not be resolved last year, considering the W14 was already in a worsening condition. However, the team boss has firmly addressed the situation by further supporting him for the entire scenario by saying, “You can vary the cockpit position between, say, five and 15 centimetres. We’re a little further up, and that’s what irritates Lewis and has irritated him for the past year.”

“We don’t know how much of an impact it has, but you have to take the feedback from the drivers seriously,” reassuring that the existing problem will be resolved ahead of the upcoming season as soon as possible.

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