We covered the first batch of the brand new 2019 Formula 1 race cars revelations last week. Here are more car revelations introduced by Formula 1 so far which includes Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari.
In the same fashion as last year, Mercedes-AMG F1 chose to unveil the W10 EQ Power+ at the shakedown run at Silverstone Circuit, with race drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas – they both had a turn behind the wheel for the pre-season filming day. All eyes are set on Mercedes as they have claimed five successive victory in the constructors’ championship, Hamilton holding five drivers’ titles under his belt. It’s easy for the team to expect another double championship but Team Principal Toto Wolff believes with a new set of aerodynamic regulations for the 2019 season everything could be possible. “Since 2017, it’s the second time that we’ve had a huge shake-up in the regulations. It’s all been reset. Every team has a chance of producing a front-running car and I’m personally very excited to see how some of the teams come out and whether we’ve been able to maintain our position at the front,” he said prior to the Barcelona testing.
2018 we saw Force India fell into administration and reemerged as Racing Point funded by Lawrence Stroll. This should put the team’s financial instability at ease at least for a few seasons. The new 2019 livery shares a similar colour palette as last year’s, with blue and white adorning the pink canvas. Lance Stroll has joined the team, naturally, and he will be partnered with veteran Sergio Perez. Team head Otmar Szafnauer is aiming to take the team to the top of the standings, ”We are putting the building blocks in place and it’s important we take a good step forward in 2019 as we begin this new era. We want to be fighting for podiums on merit and aiming for a strong top four finish in the championship.”
Same as Mercedes, Red Bull revealed the RB15 on the track at Silivertone,with driver Max Verstappen being the first to sample the new Honda-powered challenger. New joiner Pierre Gasly was also present but didn’t get behind the wheel. As in recently years, the race car was wrapped in special “launch livery” which will be replaced by a more race-ready outlook for the rest of the season, but the sharp, stunning red and dark blue livery seems to signify a fresh start with the new Honda power unit partnership. The Renault engine was promising in the beginning of last season but overall it wasn’t as smooth and expected towards the end, putting Red Bull in the third position in the constructors’ standings. After seeing the progress for Toro Rosso with Honda last year, Red Bull aim to step closer to championship title with the new partnership and we can take a glimpse at the new partnership during the testing.
The MCL34 was unveiled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, together with a brand new driver lineup of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. The livery continues with last year’s orange and blue combo, with the iconic McLaren papaya orange tributing to Bruce McLaren’s 1966 first Formula 1 race car matched with a slightly different, complementary blue tone. The MCL34 is once again powered by Renault engine, which last year brought the team to the sixth in the constructors’ championship. CEO Zak Brown is feeling optimistic for the coming season, “We have a fresh driver pairing, who together represent the new generation of Formula 1 talent, and are an integral part of the team and our collective effort to advance McLaren forward.”
Scuderia Ferrari is having a fresh start this year, with new Principal Mattia Binotto stepping up from his role of Chief Technical Officer plus a new driver lineup of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc. The SF90 was unveiled at Maranello headquarters and it’s wrapped in a distinctive shade of matte red. 2019 is an important year for the team as Scuderia Ferrari celebrates their 90th anniversary this year. Ferrari was the second in the constructors’ standings in 2018, offering the strongest performance in recent years, while they last claimed the championship title in 2007. Binotto described the new aerodynamic rules as a “gamechanger” for this season. With a wider front wing that boasts simpler aerodynamic profiles, a wider and higher rear wing and bargeboards reduced in height, we look forward to seeing how Ferrari turns the evolution of the race car into their advantage.
Official testing for the season kicks off on 18 February, and the final team – recently renamed Alfa Romeo Racing – is going to unveil their car there.