A new season means a new challenge.
Amidst a flurry of car reveals for the upcoming 2019 Formula One World Championship, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team have finally pulled the covers off their brand new, faster, sleeker, and more efficient race car.
Carrying the team’s hopes of a record breaking sixth consecutive world championship double; the W10 has big wheel tracks to fill; with the last five season’s Silver Arrow machinery securing a whopping 74 wins from 100 Grand Prix.
The W10 - officially titled the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ - ran it’s first shakedown laps around the Silverstone International circuit on Wednesday 13th February clocking up around 100km with Valtteri Bottas and then Lewis Hamilton at the wheel.
Aerodynamics is the watch word for the changes featured on all 2019 F1 cars. New sporting regulations have pushed the teams to run wider and higher front and rear wings in a bid to produce more overtaking this season. In addition to this, the Silver Arrow’s title contending car also features a new engine; with a more efficient power unit and cooling system.
"The 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us," explained Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. "The regulations have changed quite substantially. We have to start from scratch, we need to prove ourselves again - against our own expectations and against our competitors. We start the season with zero points, so we're taking nothing for granted and there's absolutely no feeling of entitlement to be at the front. In fact, with the regulation change for the new season, every team can have a shot at the title and we're seeing all of them as a potential threat."
"We're eager to hit the ground running [at the first official pre-season test] in Barcelona, to benchmark ourselves against our own simulations and see if our predictions materialise on track. We will focus on ourselves, building up performance and hopefully be ready when the first really competitive session starts on Saturday in Melbourne."