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Mercedes

Mercedes detail first targets for 2024 car

Next year's will be the third Mercedes of the ground-effects era.

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Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin has detailed Mercedes' first targets for the 2024 Formula 1 car it hopes will be able to topple Red Bull.

Red Bull has taken the 'team to beat' mantle from Mercedes since the ground effect rules were introduced last season, with the former setting a new record of 12 consecutive wins with Max Verstappen's Hungarian Grand Prix victory.

Both team and driver are set to retain their crowns this term, with Red Bull 229 points ahead of the Silver Arrows in the Constructors' standings.

Mercedes 2024 targets

"It is fair to say that with these regulations and the way the cars work, we have been very focused on fixing problems," explained Shovlin.

"It might be bouncing or a balance issue that you are trying to solve, but as we are making progress on that, the actual way that you develop a car is you are just looking for more performance.

"So you get less focused on a big list of things that you need to solve, and more just on where we can bring the lap time.

"The focus for next year's car is that we make sure the key decisions give us a lot of scope for development.

"You can see this year just how much performance all the teams are bringing as they go, and you need to be able to bring that performance.

"But as I said, we are a little bit less focused on solving this list of issues and just looking at how can we make a good step in lap time, and hopefully a step that is going to get us back to regular pole positions and being able to challenge for wins."

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