Mercedes has introduced its new F1 2019 F1 car for the first time in the English Silverstone and will try to win the record sixth consecutive championship title in the driver and constructor competition.
The team released the studio photographs of the new F1 W10 on their web site, while Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will make the first mile of the day to record at Silverstone.
Team Leader Toto Wolff says the new rules are a big challenge for his team that wants to stay at the top of Formula 1 and the sixth consecutive year.
“The 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us,” said team principal Toto Wolff.
“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. We’re eager to hit the ground running in Barcelona, to benchmark ourselves against our own simulations and see if our predictions materialise on track.”
“We will focus on ourselves, building up performance and hopefully be ready when the first really competitive session starts on Saturday in Melbourne.”
Technical Director James Allison confirmed that Mercedes maintained the same wheelbase as the predecessor (3725 mm) and decided to continue to develop a proven concept.
“The development of our concept has gone a step further, each section is further developed and we have embedded changes that would be impossible to implement within last year’s limitations.”