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Images of the W09 EQ Power+ Launch at Silverstone

F1 never sleeps: the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ unveiled

Feb 232018

There’s a storm brewing at Silverstone. In a darkened pit garage the covers have been pulled off one of the most eagerly anticipated racecars of 2018.

After a long winter which followed in the wake of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team wrapping up a fourth consecutive constructors’ championship, and a further driver’s title with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel; the vehicle to carry the entire Silver Arrows family’s hopes and dreams is out of the box.

The new car has some serious shoes to fill. 12 race wins, 15 pole positions – more than any other team on the grid – are just the recent highlights of a record breaking past season.

It’s little wonder why then, that the factories at Brackley and Brixworth have logged thousands of hours since the flag dropped in Abu Dhabi, to pull together over 40,000 parts to create the team’s most advanced Formula One car ever.

Evolution is the watchword with the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+.

The all-new F1 W09 EQ Power+ shares a big portion of its DNA from its predecessor, and as such carries a range of subtle developments which will add up to a package which will hopefully destroy the competition, come lights out at race one in Australia on March 25th.

At first glance the most obvious change is the introduction of the Halo safety device, above the driver’s cockpit. Further aerodynamic regulation changes extend to the banning of the ‘monkey seat’ - a small wing underneath the main rear wing of the car – and the T-shaped wings, which featured on the rear bodywork of most cars throughout 2017.

According to reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, the new car comes with a warning to the competition too; "This is better than last year's car in every aspect. It looks quite similar but inside, underneath the shell, and even the bodywork, it's all refined to perform even better than it did last year.


“Formula One never sleeps. When we aren’t racing, then the team are hard at work developing the car. Days like today are incredibly proud moments for me - to be able to be part of such a great team, and see the new season’s car all together in one piece for the first time. To see it all together is such a work of art, and there are only two of us that get to drive it.


“I’m just looking forward to racing again. It’s crazy – I’ve been racing forever, but it’s still freaking good. I still get the buzz. So I’m just excited to get back into it. I could pretty much race every day.”


Under the low-slung silver and electric blue painted skin of the car sits a revised version of Mercedes-AMG Motorsports all conquering powertrain. Pushing out 1000bhp. The new engine and power train has been rebuilt to be 40% more efficient, to conform to the new rules which state teams are only allowed to race with just three engines per driver per championship and two ERS systems.

“It’s really amazing to know how many hours have been spent on designing and manufacturing the new car and how much effort people have put into it,” explained Valtteri. “As a driver you feel really special to be able to drive this machine.”


“I want to use all the things that I learned last year,” explained Valtteri. “This year is all about executing and delivering the results. For me, consistency is the key. I had some really good races, but then I had races where I was not on the level I wanted to be. I want to be on a good level on every single race weekend – that’s going to be the goal for me this year. I definitely want to fight for the championship.”