Undefeated in the hybrid era of Formula 1, Mercedes unveiled their 2019 title contender at Silverstone – the W10. It’s still a silver arrow but now sports a new style for the Petronas colours in a shape that seems to mimic the flow of air along the sides of the car and the engine cover is peppered with the Mercedes tri-star.

Mercedes is using a different OZ wheel design as compared to most competitors with a special hub design as well. Apart from the new aerodynamic changes for the 2019 F1 regulations, the W10 also gets a new, more efficient power unit. Work on the new car had actually started near the end of 2017 so Mercedes has had a lot of time to work and improve the chassis and the engine. In terms of the technical specifications, the Mercedes W10 has a carbon plate clutch for the sequential, semi-automatic 8-speed transmission. The 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 has a 90-degree bank angle and revs upto 15,000rpm while the MGU-K revs upto 50,000rpm.

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Leading the charge for Mercedes’ 6th consecutive F1 World Championship will be 5-time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton alongside Valtteri Bottas who had a difficult season in 2018. Hamilton continues to be the man in the sport with a target on his back as the reigning champ and has a lot of talented drivers gunning for him. Bottas did well in his first season with Mercedes and scored some wins but played second fiddle for most of 2018 and this will be his last chance to show himself to a serious contender in the sport.

Ex-Force India driver Esteban Ocon is back with Mercedes F1 as a reserve driver while Toto Wolff will continue to lead the drivers as a Team Principal & CEO. Other key roles also have the same people in place such as James Allison as the Technical Director, Rob Thomas as the COO and the Managing Director of Mercedes-AMG High Performace Powertrains – Andy Cowell.

You can check out the new W10 from various angles in the gallery below. What do you think of it? What are your expectations from them in 2019? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned to the Auto Loons for more updates on Formula 1.

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