With just over a month remaining until the Australian Grand Prix kicks off the Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s 2019 car took its first laps with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton getting behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ at Silverstone International Circuit.
“The 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us,” Team Principal & CEO Toto Wolff said. “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.”
As the team was busy on the track winning its fifth consecutive Constructors’ and Drivers’ championships, the process of developing and building the 2019 challenger started 16 months ago.
“Work on the W10 project began at the end of 2017,” said James Allison, Technical Director. “That’s when the first meetings happened about how the chassis was going to be laid out, how the Power Unit was going to change from the previous season and what our rough objectives were for the project. That was when we set out the plans for our deployment of resources, developing and racing the car in 2018 and the right number of the right people to design, conceive and then create the new car for 2019.”
The W10 will be back on the track next week for the first days of preseason testing in Barcelona from February 18-21.
“We’re eager to hit the ground running in Barcelona, to benchmark ourselves against our own simulations and see if our predictions materialize on track,” said Wolff. “We will focus on ourselves, building up performance and hopefully be ready when the first really competitive session starts on Saturday in Melbourne.”
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