In 2019, the third regulatory change of the last five years takes place, and the Stuttgart carmaker is once again well organized and determined to win. The new car, called Mercedes AMG W10 EQ Power+, is presented as usual on the Silverstone circuit, coinciding with the first seasonal filming day used by the Brackley team for some shots, but above all to make some first start checks of the car.
Mercedes W10, an evolution of the progenitor
The W10, while complying with the new regulations, is strongly inspired by its progenitor, the W09, with which it shares the wheelbase. But there are several concepts that have been filed and taken to extremes, such as the front wing, which remains quite similar to the 2018 car, adapting to the new regulation and presenting a slightly curved pattern near the shoulder of the front tire, while the nose is more narrow in the attachment to the body, further reducing in the central part, and then keeping the 2018 design.
The wing support is ensured by two pillars, in continuity with what was seen for the W09, while the front suspension is of the push rod type. The front brake socket partially covers the bracket, reducing its aerodynamic impact, and the upper triangle attachment is almost overhanging the frame in the upper part, where the S-duct vent can also be seen, highlighting a rib of the vanity panel compared to the chassis waistline which is slightly lower.
The most interesting updates, however, have been created in the portion that includes the bargeboard and the side entrances. In fact, the flow deviators behind the wheels are now lower, for regulatory requirements, and the radiator inlets instead remain traditional, with a narrow and high grip.
The two supports of the rear-view mirrors are in effect aerodynamic elements, while the bottom has a long blowing parallel to the outer leading edge, which reaches halfway up the belly. The airbox remains large, inside which, however, remains the roll bar which acts as a divider for the engine power flows, from those intended to cool the ERS.
At the dawn of the second test session, the Brackley team brings a new aerodynamic package, characterized by a nose equipped with a more rounded end part on the sides, and by a different curvature of the leading edges of the long conveyors that reach up to wheel height.
The design of the front wing has been partially revised, with an end part shaped in order to direct the flows towards the outside, while the bargeboards and the bottom have been partially redesigned, with the addition of flow deviators.
Another change was made in the area of the engine hood, which now appears narrower and more adherent to the car body in the area of the radiant masses. Finally, in the back there is the addition of a double T-Wing.
For the first seasonal Grand Prix, small updates are brought, such as the introduction of two fins placed above the frame, in correspondence with the slot that expels the air from the S-duct, while above the halo instead, it is added a foil to promote air flows.
Two flaps have been added above the mouths of the radiators, anchored to the long fin that follows the line of the bellies, while the latter have undergone a significant change compared to the previous variant, with the insertion of three small fins curved outwards, a solution already seen last year on Ferrari and Red Bull, while the fin of the bonnet finally became double.
A season dominated from the start
The 2019 season is even more one-way, compared to the previous two editions, with Ferrari finding itself in serious difficulty both with the development of the car and with regard to mechanical reliability.
Mercedes begins the season with five double-wins in the first five races, an impressive roadmap, interrupted only in Monaco by Sebastian Vettel in second position, while Lewis Hamilton wins in China, Spain, and Bahrain, in the latter case. favored by the reliability problems accused by Charles Leclec's Ferrari, while Valterri Bottas wins races in Australia and Baku.
The season proceeds with two victories in Canada and France, while the first setback arrives only in Austria, on the Red Bull Ring circuit, with Lewis Hamilton finishing in fifth position, while Valterri Bottas is in third position. The next round at Silverstone sees the silver arrows dominate again, with a brace led by Lewis Hamilton, followed by the Finn.
The next race comes the second setback of the season, on the Hockenheim Ring circuit. An appointment that looks more like an elimination competition with a thousand twists. Surprisingly, the two Mercedes, with the arrival of rain and the asphalt in extremely precarious conditions, as well as an unbalanced car set-up due to the introduction of a completely new aerodynamic package, find themselves in difficulty favoring the victory of Max. Verstappen, followed by Sebastian Vettel in a great comeback on the SF90, favored by the precarious weather conditions and the numerous Safety Cars took to the track, after starting from the back of the grid. Lewis Hamilton finishes ninth, while Valterri Bottas is forced to retire after crashing on the outside of turn one.
Lewis Hamilton returns to win in Hungary, while in Spa he desperately tries to establish the first position of Charles Leclerc, who however defends himself as a veteran and wins his first career victory. The Spa script is also replicated in Monza, with Leclerc defending himself for almost the entire race against the reigning World Champion.
In Singapore, a notoriously difficult track for the Anglo-German team, a wrong strategy deprives Lewis Hamilton of yet another victory. Indeed, while battling Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel returns to the pits to cover Max Verstappen's undercut, thus mocking both the Monegasque and the British.
In Sochi, new reliability problems on Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari prevent Ferrari from registering its first double of the season, with Lewis Hamilton taking advantage of the Safety Car caused by the German to settle in first position, winning the race. The Silver Arrows won the next three Grands Prix, in Austin and Suzuka with Valtteri Bottas, while in Mexico they triumphed with the British driver.
In Brazil, on the San Paolo circuit, Lewis Hamilton is the protagonist of a contact with Alex Albon in the restart lap after the Safety Car, caused by the contact between the two Ferraris, being penalized and finishing in seventh position. The Briton makes a comeback in the final round in Abu Dhabi, taking his eleventh victory of the season, and the fourteenth for Mercedes, which wins the constructors' title, while Lewis Hamilton wins his sixth world title, putting himself in the wake of the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.