Mercedes is reconsidering the design of its W14 car after realising its ‘zeropod’ concept did not meet performance expectations. Instead, the team is exploring a shift in direction that they hope will result in improved performance levels. Mercedes is optimistic that their CFD and wind tunnel work will highlight promising results which can be implemented in the early stages of the European season. While the team will be focusing on changing the sidepods, the final concept change will involve adjustments in areas such as ride height and setup window. It is predicted that Mercedes will shift their design in the direction of Red Bull‘s downwash concept, even if it is not an exact replica. Previously, Mercedes based their success on their original design concepts, however, it is now more important that they commit to the approach that delivers optimum results. Mercedes Motorsport boss Toto Wolff commented that if this means committing to a Red Bull design, then they have no problem sporting a Red Bull sticker on their car if it is faster. In addition, lessons from Aston Martin, which abandoned its initial design to follow the Red Bull route, has shown that improvements can be made within a few months. Wolff believes the key factor for improvement lies in the holistic approach to the car’s set-up and where it is relative to the track, rather than a focus on the sidepods alone.