Compared to its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ was changed substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 Formula One season, which presented both an opportunity and a threat – an opportunity to find the best solutions to these new rules, alongside the threat of your rivals finding an even better one.
In addition to dealing with the changes to the aerodynamic regulations, which were the main focus in the development of the W10, the team worked hard to improve the weaker areas of the previous car and further build on its strengths.
The handling of W09 was a big improvement over the W08, nicknamed the ‘diva’. We managed to be competitive at tracks that had previously plagued us. However, we were still not as good as some of our competition at preserving the rear tyres. So, the team worked hard on the suspension and aerodynamic characteristics to deliver a car that was kinder on its tyres.
Despite significant changes to many areas of the car, the W10 retained some of the characteristics of its predecessors, as the general architecture and the wheelbase stay the same. The execution of the concept was further refined, every item pushed tighter, made more slender – each change permitted us to improve the aerodynamic performance beyond what would have been possible had we accepted the physical limitations of the 2018 design.
W10 claimed 15 victories, 32 podiums, 10 pole positions and 22 front row starts across the 2019 season, alongside nine fastest laps and nine 1-2 finishes. It also completed 7,813 laps across pre-season testing and the 21 races – broken down into 382,789 gear changes and 128,791 corners taken.