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2019-02-13 13:23
Mercedes W10

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Mercedes-AMG motorsport took the covers off its challenger for the 2019 Formula 1 season, the W10. 

With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the F1 season, Mercedes completed the first laps with the W10.

Named the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+, the 2019 contender ran on the 2.98-km Silverstone International Circuit on Wednesay morning with Valtteri Bottas behind the wheel, to be followed by Lewis Hamilton this afternoon.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO 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."

Wednesday's running comprises an official 100km filming day, which the team also uses as a final systems check before the first pre-season test in Barcelona.

Wolff said: "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."

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