By the time you read this, the Mercedes W10 will have done laps around Silverstone as part of their filming day turned shakedown for the new car that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will drive in a quest for 12 Formula 1 titles in six years.
The team reported in a press release distributed on the occasion of the unveiling of their newest F1 creation:
“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 2.98 km Silverstone International Circuit this morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon.”
Team chief Toto Wolff is not taking the challenge for granted and is showing respect to rival teams intent on dethroning the reigning champs, “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.”
“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,” added Wolff.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 13, 2019