#WelcomeW10: Mercedes-AMG Petronas W10 F1 car hits the track in Silverstone
13 February 2019
#WelcomeW10: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport's tenth modern-day F1 car hits the track in Silverstone
Excited for the challenge of the upcoming 2019 Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport ran its all-new F1 car for the first time today
- The Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ completed its first laps at the Silverstone International Circuit
- Toto Wolff: "We're taking nothing for granted, every team is a potential threat."
- The Mercedes team celebrates its tenth modern-day Formula One season with a new livery
With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed the first laps with its 2019 challenger. Named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the 2019 contender ran on the 2.98km Silverstone International Circuit this morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon.
"The 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us," said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO. "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 show at the title and we're seeing all of them as a potential threat."
Today's running constitutes an official 100km 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," said Toto. "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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