Reigning World Champions Mercedes has released the first render of its W11, as the marque begins its quest for a record-breaking seventh straight Formula 1 title.
Mercedes has been unbeaten in Formula 1’s hybrid era, dominating from 2014 through 2016, before remaining ahead of the pack under revised aero regulations introduced in 2017.
Mercedes claimed 15 victories from 21 grands prix in 2019 – its best record since 2016 – as it swept to both titles for a sixth successive campaign.
Though despite its superiority it has targeted an improvement on its overall engine prowess, having acknowledged that it fell behind Ferrari, with both teams claiming nine pole positions.
Mercedes enters 2020 with an unchanged driver line-up after retaining Valtteri Bottas to partner Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton swept to a sixth world title in 2019 and is now just seven wins away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.
He is widely expected to sign a contract extension to remain with Mercedes beyond the end of 2020.
Bottas enjoyed his best season to date last year as he claimed four wins en route to second in the championship, giving Mercedes its first 1-2 finish in the standings since 2016.
The W11, which will be revealed in full later this morning, is due to take to the track at Silverstone as part of a filming day, with Bottas poised to give the new car its debut.