A landmark season awaits, and the Silver Arrows are hoping for a round of seventh world titles in the 2020 Formula One World Championship. Their weapon of choice? The Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Power+.
The name of the game this year is evolution not revolution. With improved cooling, aero tweaks, and subtle changes to the powertrain, the Silver Arrow’s new car will be carrying the hopes and dreams of all the staff at Brackley and Brixworth - not least Lewis and Valtteri - for podium success this season. Unveiled at Silverstone on Valentine's Day morning ahead of the team’s first shakedown; both Lewis and Valtteri will clock in over 100km as they get to grips with their new evolved ride.
As well as the new W11, Mercedes also had their very first F1 car of the modern era, the 2010 W01, at the launch and shakedown at Silverstone, as the team reflect on a decade in F1. Team Principal Toto Wolff told the waiting media: "Who would have thought between these cars we would win 12 championships? It’s always good to remind yourself where it all started.” With 2021 and a new era of F1 looming, Wolff also insisted that Mercedes are focused on winning a seventh constructors' championship this season.
"There’s a group of people concentrating on the 2021 car… but for us here, the race team, it is all about 2020 and making use of the equipment that has been given to the drivers. Today success would be that we have a good shakedown, clock the mileage and get the filming in, and both the drivers get a feeling for the car. And then go to Barcelona, that’s the next milestone. It’s really a step by step approach – we are not looking too far ahead.”