Mercedes-AMG F1 is the latest team to reveal its 2016 Formula 1 Challenger. The new Mercedes-AMG F1 W07 Hybrid has received minor updates over its successful predecessor, the engineers focused on performance and reliability.
The new car hit the track on Friday at UK’s Silverstone Circuit, its official track debut will be in Spain tomorrow where the pre-season testing is scheduled to kick off. Mercedes enters the 2016 season with full confidence after dominating last year’s season, winning all but 3 races. The Brackley-based team won both the 2014 and 2015 Formula 1 championships.
For the 2016 season, three other teams will be using Mercedes-AMG power units namely Williams – who revealed their FW38 already, Force India and Manor Racing. MD of AMG High Performance Powertrains confirmed that all 8 Mercedes-powered cars will receive the exact hardware and performance.
There will be a new ultrasoft tire in the 2016 season which will be provided in Monaco, a circuit that has proven to be overly soft even for supersoft tires. The new ultrasoft tire will aim to neutralize that effect.
While changes on the Mercedes F1 W07 remain very minimal, several structural alterations have been made on the car to increase driver protection. Key changes included raising of the protection area by 20mm while the side impact load was increased from 15 kN to 50 kN.
Paddy Lowe, Executive Director – Technical: “After a highly successful season all round in 2015, our priority has been to identify the areas in which we were weakest and to try to improve on those,” said Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe of the F1 W07.
“Our objective is excellence in all areas and, while we had some fantastic results last year, there are many areas in which we can still be much better. We had a number of races that didn’t go to plan in 2015 – Singapore in particular – so there were a lot of things that needed improving for 2016. We are seeking optimisation absolutely everywhere.”
Andy Cowell, MD-Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains: “To get the performance out of this new generation of Power Units, you need to chase efficiency,” explained engine chief. “That’s both combustion efficiency and efficiency in the various energy transition steps – i.e. MGU-H, MGU-K, turbocharger, power electronics and batteries.