Mercedes Unveil New W10 F1 Car... And Lewis Hamilton Couldn't Be Happier
Even in a sport that’s constantly on the cutting edge of technology, the new Mercedes W10 F1 car looks like something from the future. And the man who’ll be driving it, five-time world Champion Lewis Hamilton, seems very pleased with it.
On Wednesday, as several constructor teams revealed their new designs for the coming campaign, Mercedes revealed their own revamped model which will take part in the 2019 Formula 1 Grand Prix season, starting in Melbourne on March 17.
On Twitter, Hamilton posted photos of the new car with the following words: It’s here. What do you all think of the new livery this year?! I am seriously excited to be driving this car for the first time today! Stick around for more...”
It’s fair to say the reaction to his question was more than positive, with many commenters calling it “stunning” and fantastic, though there was the odd dissenting voice in regards to the new colours scheme of the car.
But of course it’s not just about the aesthetics.
Mercedes have been untouchable in recent years, winning the last five Formula One World Constructors' Championships alongside Hamilton’s five successive titles. They will be hoping that their new model will once again leave the opposition in their wake.
The W10 has been massively overhauled according to Mercedes, and motorsport.com quoted Andy Cowell, head of the team’s engine operations as saying: “We’ve made changes to the cooling architecture of the power unit, which hopefully provide aerodynamic benefit on the car and also provide efficiency benefit on the power unit – so, hopefully a win on both the chassis and on the power unit.”
On Wednesday, Hamilton tweeted a video of himself trialling the W10, saying “What a day. This was my first ever lap in the #W10. Bring on the season ahead...”
In the video he could be heard saying “This feels amazing”.
Afterwards he could not hide his delight with new car.
“It was a great first date, probably one of the best ones that we’ve had in all these years,” said Hamilton. “But what has been most impressive is seeing the car coming together last night, which is always impressive to see. And then to see how smooth today has gone.”
Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas will once again be hoping to lead Mercedes to glory this season, which will conclude at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit on December 1.