Mercedes-AMG Petronas motorsport's tenth modern-day F1 car hits the track in Silverstone - Valtteri Bottas

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Published on February 15, 2019 - Duration: 00:29s

Mercedes-AMG Petronas motorsport's tenth modern-day F1 car hits the track in Silverstone - Valtteri Bottas

With a little over four weeks to go until the start of the 2019 FIA Formula One season, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport today completed the first laps with its 2019 challenger.

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

โ€œThe 2019 season will be a new challenge for all of us,โ€ said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO.

โ€œThe regulations have changed quite substantially.

We have to start from scratch, we need to prove ourselves again โ€“ against our own expectations and against our competitors.

We start the season with zero points, so weโ€™re taking nothing for granted and thereโ€™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 weโ€™re seeing all of them as a potential threat.โ€ Todayโ€™s running constitutes an official 100 km filming day, which the team also uses as a final systems check before the first pre-season test in Barcelona.

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