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F1 2020 Evolved: New Car, New Rules, New Season

Feb 182020

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.”

“It’s fantastic that the team is able to celebrate its ten-year anniversary,” continues Wolff. “We made our first come-back to F1 over 25 years ago as an engine supplier and then we went all in ten years ago. It shows our long-term commitment – with our own works team and as a Power Unit supplier to valuable customers. We have been a part of Formula One with changing technical regulations, with changes in the Daimler top management, but our commitment to the sport hasn’t changed. It’s great that we get to celebrate our tenth anniversary with the Mercedes works team as one further milestone of this commitment.”

“I’ve had the best winter training yet,” said Lewis. “Over the winter, I’ve really been trying to analyse where we were last year and how I can grow and improve as a driver and as a human being. Having great consistency is going to be key for all of us - not just in terms of our reliability, but also for us as drivers. This team works so hard to give us this incredible machine, but if we put a foot wrong out there, it costs all of us, so that’s something I’ve really been trying to focus on - how can I take it to another level as a driver, how can I extract more from myself and from the team, and trying to deliver something really great this year. This is my eighth year with this team and this year’s challenge is super exciting. I have no doubt every single team member will try to raise the bar within themselves and I’ll be trying to do the same.”

 

“I think this has been my best winter training so far,” said Valtteri. “I did a lot of different training routines in different climate zones; I’m ready and prepared and I can’t wait for the new season to start. I actually did quite a bit of driving as well – from rally cars to dog sleds in the snow in Finland. This season is going to be really challenging, but I know that every single member of this team will give it everything to put us in the best possible position for the fight.”

 

It’s not just new cars that fans have to look forward to in 2020. A raft of subtle rule changes - including less testing, longer paddock curfews, fuel restrictions, aero regulation changes, and an extra MGU-K allowance will mix things up over the 71st running of the FIA Formula One World Championship season.

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