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Mercedes chief technical officer Mike Elliott has been with the team since 2012; Elliott was involved in a job swap earlier this year with James Allison, moving from the position of technical director; watch this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix live on Sky Sports

Last Updated: 31/10/23 5:10pm

Mike Elliott is leaving his post as Mercedes chief technical officer

Mike Elliott is leaving his post as Mercedes chief technical officer, the Brackley-based outfit have confirmed.

Elliott had already been involved in a reshuffle which was confirmed ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in April, swapping positions with now-technical director James Allison.

But the 49-year-old will now be departing the team altogether with Mercedes continuing to endure a difficult 2023 season which has seen them score just seven podium finishes and no race wins so far.

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Lewis Hamilton says he has total faith in Mercedes and that they can build a great car after seeing progression with a second-place finish in the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton says he has total faith in Mercedes and that they can build a great car after seeing progression with a second-place finish in the Mexico City Grand Prix.

Elliott has been with Mercedes since 2012 when he joined from Renault as head of aerodynamics, and then succeeded Geoff Willis as technology director in 2017.

Two years ago, he moved into the technical director role after Allison stepped up to what was then the newly created position of chief technical officer.

However, the pair swapped jobs earlier this year after Elliott concluded his skills were not best suited to the technical director role.

“Mike has led a review of our technical organisation to ensure we have the right structure to deliver sustainable success in the future,” a Mercedes spokesperson told Sky Sports News at the time.

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George Russell reflects on ‘another’ difficult weekend as he was left frustrated with his brakes overheating during the Mexico City Grand Prix.

George Russell reflects on ‘another’ difficult weekend as he was left frustrated with his brakes overheating during the Mexico City Grand Prix.

“We are focused on building the best racing car – and building the best team to develop that car, with everybody playing to their greatest strengths in the organisation.”

Mercedes are currently second in the Constructors’ Championship, trailing rivals Red Bull by 360 points heading into the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is the best placed of their drivers in the Drivers’ Championship in third, 20 points behind second-placed Red Bull pilot Sergio Perez, while George Russell is eighth.

F1 heads straight to Brazil for the final leg of the Americas triple header and the last Sprint weekend of the 2023 season. Watch every session from the Sao Paulo Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1 from Friday, with Sunday’s race at 5pm. Stream F1 on Sky Sports with NOW.

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