Defending world champions the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team unveiled their 2019 car, the W10 at the Silverstone circuit on Wednesday morning.
Valtteri Bottas put the car through its initial run before handing over to defending champion and Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking about the new car, Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team technical director James Allison said:
Regulation changes are both opportunity and threat. “They are an opportunity because all the old assumptions about what you need to have to be quick are swept away and, if you are fleet of foot and smart in dealing with that, you can do better than all the other teams that are tackling the same change. They are a threat because if you are not as smart and you didn’t see how to make the most of these new regulations, then you’ll certainly suffer in the coming season. But they are always exhilarating because you have that sharp sense of anxiety that you might not be doing enough but equally the thrill and excitement of looking forward to finding out.”
Mercedes Team Principal and CEO Toto Wolff 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.”
Today’s running constitutes an official 100 km filming day, which the team also uses as a final systems check before the first pre-season test in Barcelona.
“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