Mercedes F1 Tackles Power Unit Challenges Following Disappointing Brazilian GP

Giancarlo Perlas November 10, 2023

The recent Brazilian Grand Prix proved to be a critical challenge for Mercedes F1, negating the team’s positive momentum from previous contests, particularly in the Mexican GP. The Interlagos circuit, where George Russell secured the group’s sole victory in F1 2022, set the stage for unexpected difficulties. Despite being a close contender to Max Verstappen and Red Bull in recent races, Mercedes faced a tough weekend marred by tire degradation during the sprint race.

Mercedes F1 George Russell
Mercedes F1 George Russell (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1)

George Russell Forced to Retire Due to Power Unit Concerns

The woes continued for Mercedes F1 as George Russell failed to finish the race, with his W14 retiring due to peaking power unit temperatures. The team, however, assured that this setback would not affect their plans for the final two rounds of the season.

Mercedes’ head of trackside performance, Riccardo Musconi, explained that Russell’s power unit was at the end of its lifespan, and different power units would be installed for the upcoming Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi GPs.

No Lingering Impact on Final Two Rounds

Despite the premature end to Russell’s race in Brazil, Mercedes remains optimistic about the upcoming encounters to cap off the 2023 season. The Mercedes official confirmed that the young driver’s power unit is in good condition for the final two rounds, assuring fans that there would be no repercussions from the issues faced in Interlagos.

The team revealed that it plans to equip Russell’s W14 with new power units, adhering to the original allocation for the remainder of the season.

Behind the Scenes: Pressures and Temperatures Raise Concerns

A deeper look into the issue exposed “quite worrying” pressures and temperatures on the power unit during the Brazilian GP. According to Musconi, these indicators reached a critical point, prompting the team to make the decision to retire Russell’s car.

The power unit, intended for its final race weekend, showed signs of potential failure, leading the team to prioritize safety and avoid possible fire or damage to other parts of the car.

Maintaining Constructors’ Championship Edge for Mercedes F1

With two rounds left in F1 2023, Mercedes retains a 20-point lead over Ferrari in the battle for P2 in the Constructors’ Championship. Despite the setbacks in Brazil, the team remains focused on securing their position in the championship standings.

The upcoming races in Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi will be crucial, and Mercedes aims to overcome the recent power unit challenges to finish the season on a high note.

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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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