Reigning Formula 1 Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has introduced their 2019 Challenger at the Silverstone Circuit. The 2019 F1 W10 EQ Power+ in a new livery, signifying the brand’s tenth year in F1, took its first laps at the famous British track.
Four weeks until the start of the season, Lewish Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared driving duties to experience the new challenger for the firs time. The duo will hit the Circuit of Catalunya for the formal pre-season test to gauge a better understanding of the 2019 challenger. Hamilton and the team have garnered five titles working together, and in the new season they are going for a sixth. Hamilton will start his seventh year with the team in the new season. He has four titles, 52 race wins and 57 pole positions since 2013.
Hamilton said, “I’m really looking forward to the next step of our journey together with Mercedes. This is my seventh year with the team and the energy and the determination within the team are really inspiring. The buzz really starts at the beginning of the year when you see the car coming together. Driving the new car is like meeting someone new for the first time – you want to get to know them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey together.”
Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements
Compared to its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ has been changed substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 F1 season. The car follows the regulations’ minimum weight limit, which has been lifted by by 10kg for 2019. The team have removed ‘some’ to shave more weight. Obviously, focus were given to improve on aerodynamics, suspension and the Power Unit. Other than that, the F1 W10 shares plenty of similarities to the F1 W09.
Mercedes’ EQ Power+
Aside from F1, Mercedes is partaking in the Formula E Championship, which hit its sixth season, as a newcomer.
The engine of the new challenger has changes made to the cooling architecture, along with bettering combustion efficiency and incorporating a more efficient ERS system. In a nutshell, 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.