Watch: Mercedes give behind-the-scenes look at how a driver seat fit works

Jamie Woodhouse
Mercedes mechanics work on the car. Silverstone July 2022.

The Mercedes W13 is worked on in the team's garage. Britain July 2022.

Driver comfort is of huge importance for achieving peak performance, and Mercedes demonstrated just how much work goes into making the optimum seat.

Only 20 drivers make it onto the Formula 1 grid at any given time, all of them coming in different shapes and heights.

But it is not a case of one size fits all when it comes to the seat which they nestle into inside a Formula 1 car, as these are designed at the factory to make sure the drivers are competing at peak comfort and positioning behind the wheel.

And in a world of Formula 1 where technology is front and centre, it is no surprise to see that the process of creating that perfect seat is far from a simple one, with special chemicals, 3D printing and CAD (computer-aided design) all involved in this detailed process.

It is also interesting to hear that the seat is not even bolted into the car itself when drivers are hurtling around the track at rapid speeds.

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Mercedes recently went through the process of having a seat created for their new recruit Mick Schumacher, who has signed as Mercedes reserve driver following his release from Haas. Schumacher’s services will also be available to Mercedes’ engine customer McLaren.

And the Silver Arrows offered up the treat of a video that goes through the process of what a seat fitting entails and how the final moulds are created, their senior car build technician Chris Middleton explaining the steps in conversation with former F1 racer and Mercedes simulator driver Anthony Davidson.

You can click here to watch this fascinating footage in full.

Mercedes are hoping for a much stronger F1 2023 campaign with the W14, having claimed just one grand prix win and a single pole position in 2022 as the W13 fell well short of a title challenge.

With Schumacher helping their cause back at Brackley in the simulator, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will once again be tasked with delivering the results on the track as drivers and team look to return to title-contending ways.