Mercedes has parted ways with Mike Elliott, six months after moving him out of the role of technical director.
However the pair swapped roles again in April this year after the team made an unsuccessful start to its championship for a second year running.
Elliot oversaw the development of the W13, Mercedes’ first car built to the new technical regulations introduced in 2022, incorporating a novel ‘zero’ sidepod concept. But the radical design proved uncompetitive and the team failed to win the constructors’ championship for the first time since 2013.
Mercedes persisted with the concept into the beginning of this year. But soon after the launch of the W14 the team confirmed it would abandon the design.
In a statement Mercedes said Elliott has “chosen to depart the team and begin the next chapter of his career beyond Mercedes”.
Elliott was part of Mercedes’ design team throughout their championship successes of 2014 to 2021.
“It has been one of the great privileges of my career to be part of this Mercedes team,” he said.
“During my time, I have seen it grow from a group of people pulling together to win races, then a first championship, to winning a record eight consecutive constructors championships. – and I am proud to have made my contribution to that journey.
“Although the last two seasons have not seen us winning races in the manner we aspire to, they have tested us in many other ways – and forced us to question our fundamental assumptions about how we deliver performance. During the past six months, I have enjoyed developing the technical strategy that we hope can provide the foundations of the team’s next cycle of success.”
Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff said Elliott “has been one of the pillars of the team’s achievements over the past decade”.
“It’s with truly mixed feelings that we say goodbye to him today,” he continued. “Mike is a fiercely intelligent technical brain and a great team-player. He has made a strong contribution not just to winning racing cars but also to building the culture of our team.
“But on the other side, it’s clear that he’s ready for new adventures beyond Mercedes – so I know this is the right step for him to take, too. He leaves the team today with our thanks for the effort, commitment, and expertise he has brought to the team over the past 11 years – and our very best wishes for the future.”
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