Mercedes have unveiled their 2019 F1 challenger – the W10.
Mercedes have revealed the car which they hope will take them to a record-equalling sixth consecutive Constructors’ Championship victory. The team will have a shakedown with the W10 today at the Silverstone circuit ahead of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next week.
The team are one of only two to stick with their 2018 driver line-up, retaining the services of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas for a third consecutive year. Last year, Hamilton took eleven victories on his way to a fifth drivers’ title, while Bottas failed to win a race, becoming the first Mercedes to fail to take victory in a season since Michael Schumacher in 2012. The pressure is likely to be on the Finn this year to retain his seat for 2020 – especially with Mercedes’ Esteban Ocon, who is without a drive this year, waiting in the wings. Likewise, Mercedes themselves are likely to be under increased pressure from rivals Ferrari in order to retain their crown for 2019.
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After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.