In a recent interview with the motorsport magazine, F1 pundit John Smith didn’t hold back on his criticism of Mercedes’ W14 car, claiming it was “awful” and “didn’t deserve” to clinch the championship P2.
The Mercedes W14, driven by Lewis Hamilton, finished in second place in the Formula 1 championship, behind Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen. Despite this achievement, Smith was scathing in his assessment of the car’s performance, calling it “disappointing” and “lacking in speed and reliability.”
Smith’s comments come after a season in which Mercedes faced numerous challenges, including technical issues and on-track incidents. He argued that the car’s shortcomings were evident throughout the season and ultimately cost them the championship.
“The W14 was an awful car, plain and simple. It lacked the pace and reliability that you would expect from a championship-winning car,” Smith said. “It just didn’t deserve to be in the position it ended up in.”
Mercedes’ team principal, Toto Wolff, has since defended the W14, stating that while it may have had its weaknesses, it still performed admirably throughout the season. He also praised the team’s efforts in maximizing the car’s potential.
Despite the criticism, Mercedes remains one of the most successful teams in F1 history, having won numerous championships in recent years. The W14’s performance will undoubtedly be thoroughly analyzed by the team as they seek to come back even stronger in the upcoming season.
As the debate over the Mercedes W14 continues, it is clear that opinions on the car’s performance will remain divided. Only time will tell if the W14 will be remembered as a championship-worthy car or as a disappointment in the team’s illustrious history.