Sky Sports Formula 1 exclusive: First look at 2019 Mercedes F1 car
Last Updated: 13/02/19 5:03pm
Mercedes' new F1 car has been glimpsed on track for the first time in 2019 ahead of the start of winter testing next week.
Following its online launch, the W10 was driven by Valtteri Bottas on its debut shakedown run at Silverstone when it was captured by Sky Sports F1's cameras.
The car carries the hopes of Lewis Hamilton as the reigning F1 world champion goes in search of a sixth world title.
Mercedes themselves have won the Constructors' World Championship in each of the last five campaigns.
Why is a new car 'shakedown' so important?
Lewis Hamilton: "Driving the new car is like meeting someone new for the first time - you want to get to know them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey together."
Valtteri Bottas: "You never know what to expect and so it's exciting to jump in the car and discover it, to try to get a feel of the balance of the car and its behaviour. We do already push the car in the shakedown to get a feel for it."
Technical chief James Allison: "The shakedown is just one of roughly 90 planned events of sub-system testing and steps along the path... But it is a special moment because the shakedown is when the new car turns a wheel for the first time. We hope to knock off those precious few kilometres that we're allowed in a shakedown with no flaws and we want all those systems to work, giving us confidence that we can take the car to Barcelona and expect to hit the track hard from the very first kilometre."
How to follow Test One with Sky Sports
Live television coverage on Sky Sports F1 of the first pre-season test at Barcelona will begin on Monday February 18 at 1pm and will continue until 6pm.
Sky F1 will also be broadcasting live coverage on Tuesday February 19, Wednesday February 20 and Thursday February 21 between 1pm and 6pm.
Our live review show, Welcome to F1 2019, will begin at approximately 5pm on every night of the test.
Selected highlights from the day's broadcast will be available on Sky Go, On Demand and the Sky Sports digital products.
A dawn-to-dusk live blog will also be available on the Sky Sports digital products for every day of winter testing, along with features, insight and reviews from Barcelona.
Regular updates from Barcelona will be published on our social accounts, while Craig Slater will be delivering live reports from the Circuit de Catalunya for Sky Sports News.
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