Mercedes-AMG Petronas has become the latest team to premiere its 2019 Formula 1 car. Dubbed the W10 EQ Power+, the racing outfit will be hoping to repeat the results which has seen it secure the previous four Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships.
Like all other cars to fill this year’s F1 grid, the most dramatic changes to the W10 over last year’s car relate to aerodynamics, as this season, regulation changes have been made to reduce downforce and (hopefully) make overtaking easier.
The racing outfit also paid particular attention to the suspension characteristics of the car in an attempt to reduce tire degradation. Mercedes may have dominated the sport in recent years, but its cars have been known to chew through tires and underperform at certain circuits – something that they believe will be rectified by the 2019 car.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas has also tried to save as much weight as possible for the W10, despite the minimum weight limit of this year’s cars being lifted by 10 kg (22 lbs). Minor weight savings have been made to even the smallest components, allowing the outfit to reinvest these savings into better aerodynamics, suspension parts, and an even more powerful engine.
“Regulation changes are both opportunity and threat,” technical director James Allison said of the new regulations.
“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.”
There’s also a new powertrain beneath the bodywork of the W10. Dubbed the M10 EQ Power+, it features a hybrid powertrain. There’s a new turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engine with improved cooling systems, lower friction, and better thermal efficiency than any of its predecessors, an MGU-K unit that recovers kinetic energy from the rear wheels under braking, and an MGU-H unit connected to the V6’s turbocharger which recuperates heat from the ICE’s exhaust gas.
Mercedes will keep the same driver lineup as last year, consisting of reigning Drivers’ World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Finnish ace Valtteri Bottas.