Mercedes has unveiled its 2019 Formula 1 car, the W10 EQ Power+ with which the team hopes to a record its sixth title double. The car was taken to the Silverstone International Circuit where it made its first appearance for an official 100km filming day. With first being tamed by Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, followed by Lewis Hamilton.
The new W10 sports a similar livery as seen on its previous iteration. The W10 sports a familiar silver and turquoise livery. The new car retains the general architecture and wheelbase framework from the predecessor but receives a number of changes to meet the new aerodynamic and weight rules. Mercedes has dominated the current era of hybrid Formula 1 championship races. With fifth consecutive constructors’ title last season, the company aims to bag another one.
Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes F1, believes with the new aerodynamic regulations, the upcoming season will present new sets of challenge. He said, “The 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us. 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.”
The team also made number of evolutionary updates for its power unit this season. Andy Cowell, MD, Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains, commented, “We’ve made changes to the cooling architecture of the power unit, which will hopefully provide aerodynamic benefit on the car and also provide efficiency benefit on the power unit. We have made steps on the combustion efficiency and on the ERS system. The marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.”
Watch Lewis Hamilton take the latest W10 EQ Power+ for a spin.