Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+
The F1 W10 EQ Power+, driven by Valtteri Bottas, during the pre-season testing.
|Designer(s)||Aldo Costa (Technical Advisor)|
James Allison (Technical Director)
Mike Elliott (Technology Director)
Geoff Willis (Director of Engineering Process)
|Predecessor||Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+|
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure|
|Suspension (front)||Carbon fibre wishbone and pushrod activated torsion springs and rockers|
|Suspension (rear)||Carbon fibre wishbone and pullrod activated torsion springs and rockers|
|Width||2,000 mm (79 in)|
|Height||950 mm (37 in)|
|Wheelbase||3,726 mm (146.7 in)|
|Engine||Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+, 1.6 L (98 cu in), 90° - V6 turbocharged engine, limited to 15,000 RPM, in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout|
|Electric motor||Motor Generator Unit–Kinetic (MGU-K), |
Motor Generator Unit–Heat (MGU-H)
|Transmission||Mercedes co-developed with Xtrac semi-automatic seamless shift sequential gearbox with 8 forward and 1 reverse gear|
|Battery||Mercedes lithium-ion battery solution|
|Power||950–1,000 horsepower (710–750 kW)|
|Weight||743 kg (1,638.0 lb)|
|Lubricants||Petronas Syntium & Tutela|
|Brakes||Carbone Industrie carbon brake discs, pads and Brembo brake calipers with rear brake-by-wire|
|Tyres||Pirelli P Zero (Dry/Slick) |
Pirelli Cinturato (Wet/Treaded)
OZ forged magnesium wheels: 13"
|Clutch||ZF carbon fibre reinforced carbon plate|
|Notable entrants||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport|
|Notable drivers||44. Lewis Hamilton |
77. Valtteri Bottas
|Debut||2019 Australian Grand Prix|
|First win||2019 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last win||2019 British Grand Prix|
|Last event||2019 British Grand Prix|
The Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ is a Mercedes-Benz Formula One racing car designed and developed under the direction of Aldo Costa, James Allison, Mike Elliott and Geoff Willis to compete during the 2019 Formula One World Championship. The car is being driven by five-time World Drivers' Champion Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas, both of whom remained with the team for a seventh and a third season, respectively.
The car is the successor of the Mercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+, continuing the approach with increasing the exposure of Mercedes' electric road car models, whilst AMG was included to reflect the relationship between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz. The chassis also continued its numbering as F1 W10 to represent the tenth Formula One car that Mercedes had constructed since 2010. The car made its competitive début at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, the opening round of the 2019 season.
As of the 2019 British Grand Prix, the F1 W10 EQ Power+ has taken nine wins (two for Bottas and seven for Hamilton), seven pole positions (three for Hamilton and four for Bottas), four fastest laps (two for Bottas and two for Hamilton), seven front-row lockouts and seven 1–2 finishes.
Launch, pre-season and in-season testings
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The Mercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ was unofficially unveiled at the Silverstone Circuit with Hamilton and Bottas completing an inaugural shakedown on 13 February 2019. The car took part the pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 18–February 21 and February 26–March 1. During the eight testing days, the car completed 1190 laps; a total of 5,535 km (3,439 mi), equivalent to over 18 race distances. The car was also driven by Williams's regular driver George Russell and 2018 GP3 Series Drivers' Champion runner up - Nikita Mazepin during in-season testings.
Ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, Ferrari - which shone during pre-season testing - were considered as the favourites for the first race of the season. However, Mercedes had a strong start and Hamilton topped the time sheets in all free practice sessions. During qualifying, Mercedes struck the first major blow in 2019. Hamilton took pole from Bottas and was a full 0.7s up from the third-placed Ferrari of Vettel. Hamilton clocked the lap record of Albert Park with a 1m 20.486s and achieved his sixth consecutive pole at the circuit, and a record-equalling eighth at the Australian Grand Prix. On Sunday, the team converted their front-row lockout into a 1–2. Bottas enjoyed a sensational start to his year. The Finn passed Hamilton at the start and went on to score a dominant win, leading home his team mate and Verstappen with a lead of over 20 seconds. Bottas also claimed a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race, giving him a full 26 points.
At the next round in Bahrain, Mercedes did not top any of the timing sheets in the free practice sessions and both cars qualified on the second row behind both Ferraris, with Hamilton in third and Bottas in fourth. On race day, Vettel won the start ahead of Bottas who got past the struggling polesitter Leclerc and Hamilton. However, Bottas made a mistake on his second lap which dropped him behind Leclerc and Hamilton once more. During the first round of pitstops, Hamilton got the jump on Vettel after a well executed undercut. Yet, the German managed to overtake Hamilton soon after because he suffered from lack of grip on his soft tyres. Hamilton became much more competitive after fitting on the medium tyres during his second stop. Subsequently, the Briton overtook Vettel on the outside of turn 4 on lap 38. Meanwhile Vettel got caught out by the overtake and spun on his own. He was forced to pit which allowed Bottas into P3. More misfortune hit Ferrari a couple of laps later as Leclerc reported an engine issue with his car. Both Mercedes drivers overtook his wounded Ferrari and Hamilton led home a surprising second consecutive 1–2 finish for Mercedes.
Arriving at the 1000th Formula 1 Grand Prix in China, Mercedes proved to be the team to beat. On Saturday, the Silver Arrows achieved their second front-row lockout of the season. Bottas managed to take pole, edging his teammate by just 0.023s, with the Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc around three tenths adrift. At the start of the race, Hamilton managed to overtake Bottas. He went on to lead every lap and won the race in a convincing fashion. Bottas finished in second place and helped Mercedes secure a third consecutive 1-2. The result gave Mercedes a perfect start to the season. The last team to score three one-two finishes at the start of a season was Williams in 1992.
At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ferrari set a blistering pace during the free practice sessions which Mercedes seemed unable to match. Therefore, Leclerc was considered as a strong favourite for pole. However, a big crash for Leclerc in Q2 saw him ruled out of contention and Mercedes took advantage of the situation. A drop in temperatures - due to a delay of the session from Kubica's and Leclerc's crashes at the castle section - and good tows during the final run in Q3 allowed Mercedes to grab an unlikely front-row lockout, their third of the season. Bottas claimed his second consecutive pole, edging out Hamilton by just 0.059s. On Sunday, Bottas was able to keep his lead at the start and went on to enjoy a lights-to-flag victory. Hamilton put him under pressure during the race but he was unable to make a move on the Finn. His P2 finish gave the team a fourth consecutive one-two of the season. Once again, Mercedes defeated Ferrari at a track where, up until Leclerc’s crash in Q2, pole and victory for the Scuderia had seemed assured. Furthermore, the result gave Mercedes a new record for most one-two finishes at the start of a season, beating Williams’ record of three from 1992.
European and Canadian rounds
During qualifying of the Spanish Grand Prix, Mercedes achieved their fourth front-row lockout of the season. Bottas secured his third consecutive pole. He set a new track record on a 1:15.406, beating his team mate by over six tenths. Vettel in P3 was a further 2 tenths behind. On race day, Hamilton won the start and went on to win his third consecutive Spanish Grand Prix while leading every lap of the race. He also won the additional point for the fastest lap of the race, giving him a full 26 points. Bottas in P2 completed a fifth consecutive 1-2 finish for the team, a feat the team hadn't achieved since having five 1-2 finishes between the 2015 United States Grand Prix and the 2016 Australian Grand Prix.
With the W10 being very strong in the slow corners, Mercedes came to Monaco as favourites. During qualifying, Mercedes justified their status as the team to beat. Hamilton took pole position in a last lap effort while setting a new track record of 1:10.166 s, beating Bottas by less than a tenth of a second. It was the fifth front-row lockout of the season. Hamilton and Bottas led from the start until debris from Leclerc's car brought out an early safety car on lap 11. Hamilton pitted for medium tyres and managed to stay ahead. However, Bottas collided with Max Verstappen in the pit lane after an unsafe release from Red Bull. This caused a slow puncture meaning that Bottas had to pit for a second time which left him in fourth position. Of the front runners, only Hamilton was on the mediums while Verstappen, Vettel and Bottas who were directly behind him were on the hard compound. A 5-second penalty for his unsafe release made Verstappen push for the lead. In contrast, Hamilton needed to preserve the tyre life of his mediums. At the end, Hamilton holding onto a narrow lead with a "dead" front left tyre. On lap 76, Verstappen made his one serious move on the Briton, launching himself down the inside of Hamilton into the Nouvelle Chicane. Hamilton shut the door, with Verstappen’s front right making light contact with Hamilton’s rear left. After that tense move, Hamilton went on to win the race which he later described as "probably the hardest race" he'd had. Verstappen was relegated to fourth position due to his penalty, moving Bottas into third. While Mercedes failed to score a sixth consecutive 1-2, the team still managed to score another double-podium finish.
Mercedes had a difficult start to the weekend in Canada. First, Bottas suffered from a fuel pressure issue in FP1. Then, Hamilton hit the wall at turn 9 in FP2, cutting short his practice time by over an hour. During qualifying, Vettel took pole with an impressive lap while Hamilton managed to split the two Ferraris. Meanwhile, Bottas suffered a spin on his first push lap, barely avoiding contact with the walls. Unable to find a rhythm, his second effort was riddled with several mistakes and he only managed to qualify in sixth position, behind Ricciardo and Gasly. On Sunday morning, Mercedes was faced with more unreliabilty issues, as the team found a hydraulic leak on Hamilton's car which they could repair in time. Vettel won the start from Hamilton while Bottas moved up into fourth position as the race went on. On lap 48, Hamilton pressured Vettel into a mistake. The German ran onto the grass at the Turn 3-4 chicane and squeezed Hamilton when he re-joined the track. The stewards punished Vettel by giving him a five-second race penalty for re-joining unsafely and forcing another car off track. Afterwards, Hamilton stayed within those five seconds until the end. He took a record-equalling seventh victory at the Canadian Grand Prix to match Schumacher’s record in Montreal. Bottas finished in P4 and secured the additional point for fastest lap after having pitted for a set of soft tyres shortly before the end of the Grand Prix.
Coming to France, Mercedes had the measure of Ferrari across practice and qualifying and secured their sixth front-row lockout of the season during qualifying. Hamilton delivered the fastest lap in the third part of qualifying to secure his third pole position of the season. He set a new track record and beat his team mate by over 2 tenths of a second with the next car a further 0.3 seconds back. Mercedes dominated the race on Sunday. Hamilton took a commanding lights-to-flag victory, crossing the line 18 seconds clear of his Finnish team mate. It was Mercedes' eighth successive victory of 2019 and their sixth one-two finish of the season.
Mercedes had a difficult qualifying session in Austria. Initially, Hamilton managed to take P2 with a great last lap effort to slot in behind Leclerc while Bottas had to settle for P4 behind Verstappen. However, due to impeding Räikkönen in Q1, Hamilton received a 3-place grid penalty from the stewards which elevated Bottas into third position. Fortunately for the Briton, Magnussen in P5 also received a grid penalty. Due to the way in which penalties are applied in sequence, Hamilton only dropped from P2 to P4. Mercedes were unable to compete for the win on Sunday. Both drivers struggled with overheating problems and Hamilton had to replace his front wing which cost him further time during the pit stops. Bottas was just able to secure P3, less than a second ahead of Vettel while Hamilton finished in P5.
During qualifying of the British Grand Prix, Mercedes secured their seventh front-row lockout of the season. Bottas took pole by just 0.006s, denying Hamilton a record seventh pole in his home race. Leclerc finished in P3, just 0.079s behind the Finn. On Sunday, Mercedes dominated the race and achieved their seventh 1-2 finish of the season. Bottas led from the front and fought off his team mate but a Safety Car intervention gifted Hamilton a free pit stop, allowing him to leapfrog the Finn. The Briton went on to win his home Grand Prix for the sixth time. He also secured the point for the fastest lap on his final lap. After having only used the medium compound tyres for the majority of the race, Bottas needed a second mandatory pit stop shortly before the end. However, he still managed to cross the line in second place. Leclerc completed the podium, finishing over 30 seconds behind the race winner.
F1 W10 EQ Power+ holds the following Formula One records:
- Most consecutive 1-2 finishes since start of the season: 5 1-2 Finishes (2019 Australian Grand Prix - 2019 Spanish Grand Prix)
- Most consecutive 1–2 finishes: 5 1-2 Finishes (2019 Australian Grand Prix - 2019 Spanish Grand Prix)[N 1]
The car holds the following official and outright lap records as of the 2019 British Grand Prix:
|Type||Set In||Event||Circuit||Circuit Length||Driver||Time||Source|
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 Australian Grand Prix||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit||5.303 km||Lewis Hamilton||1:20.486|||
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit||6.003 km||Valtteri Bottas||1:40.495|||
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||4.655 km||Valtteri Bottas||1:15.406|||
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco||3.337 km||Lewis Hamilton||1:10.166|||
|Official||Race||2019 Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve||4.361 km||Valtteri Bottas||1:13.078|||
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard||5.842 km||Lewis Hamilton||1:28.319|||
|Outright||Qualifying||2019 British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit||5.891 km||Valtteri Bottas||1:25.093|||
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2019||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+||P||Valtteri Bottas||1||2||2||1||2||3||4||2||3||2||407*||1st*|
* Season still in progress.
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