Mercedes F1 Race Car’s Revolutionary Floor Design Exposed By Photographers

Giancarlo Perlas May 29, 2023

In the world of Formula 1, the quest for aerodynamic supremacy is relentless. Every detail matters, especially the closely guarded secrets hidden beneath the cars’ chassis. However, at the Monaco Grand Prix, an unexpected turn of events provided a rare opportunity for teams to catch a glimpse of the groundbreaking floor design of Mercedes F1, a crucial component that contributes to up to 60 percent of a car’s performance.

The underbody of the Mercedes F1 W14 race car driven by Lewis Hamilton was exposed while being lifted by a crane. (Photo Source: Autosport)

Mercedes F1 Race Car Floor Upgrade is Revealed to the World

During the final practice session, Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes encountered a mishap, resulting in his car being hoisted high into the Monaco sky by a crane instead of being transported on a flatbed truck. To the dismay of Mercedes, their heavily-upgraded W14’s floor was exposed and left vulnerable to prying eyes.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff humorously acknowledged the unintended reveal, jokingly attributing it to a skilled crane operator from the renowned Cirque du Soleil. That’s because little did he know that this unintentional exposure would spark excitement among rival teams and stir the curiosity of F1 enthusiasts worldwide.

Red Bull F1 Race Car Floor Design Also Exposed

The RB19 race car driven by Sergio Perez is being lifted by a crane after a crash. (Photo Source: Mark Sutton via Motorsport Images)

The revelation didn’t stop there. Later in the qualifying session, Sergio Perez’s crash lifted the veil on Red Bull’s dominant RB19, providing another opportunity for teams to gather valuable information about their floor design. Aston Martin’s performance director, Tom McCullough, acknowledged the significance of this exposure, highlighting the wealth of knowledge that could be gained from studying these rare photographs.

While some may argue that the photographs may not offer a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved because of their 2D nature, the significance lies in the inspiration and innovation they can provide.

Red Bull Car Floor Layout Deemed the Most Superior in F1

The images showcased a stark contrast between the designs of Mercedes and Ferrari when compared to Red Bull’s floor layout. Sky’s pitlane reporter, Ted Kravitz, marveled at the complexity and sophistication of Red Bull’s design, deeming the others as prehistoric in comparison.

About Author

Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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