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Mercedes refute rumours of W14 issues as filming day commences

Mercedes have denied rumours that they encountered a problem during their initial laps with their 2023 car, the W14.

Mercedes have denied rumours that their first laps of the W14 were hampered with a technical issue. The W14 was unveiled on Wednesday 15th February at the Silverstone circuit, with the team showing off an evolved version of their 2022 concept. As planned, Mercedes then chose to complete laps of the Silverstone track to shakedown their car, with George Russell and Lewis Hamilton scheduled to run. However, minimal footage was released by the team, who chose to share video footage of George Russell exiting the pits. Rumours then started circulating that the team had suffered fire-up issues with the W14 power unit.

Mercedes: Rumours are 'without foundation'

When RacingNews365 reached out to Mercedes for a response, the team stated that the rumours are "without foundation." The spokesperson added that Wednesday's running was a "demo day", and that Thursday would be the team's "filming day", with the team having booked both days for track action. The Mercedes has already taken to the circuit for their Thursday filming day, with more footage gradually being shown to the fans.

Keeping watch. 👀 pic.twitter.com/hE4aaLuVKJ — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) February 16, 2023

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