Mercedes has released the full studio shots of its new car for the 2016 Formula 1 season, the W07.
After winning back-to-back drivers’ and constructors’ championships in 2014 and 2015, Mercedes enters the new season chasing a third set for titles.
Lewis Hamilton will be looking to become just the fifth driver in the history of F1 to become a four-time world champion, while teammate Nico Rosberg continues to search for his maiden title.
After winning 16 races in 2015, improving on the W06 is a big ask for Mercedes, but technical boss Paddy Lowe is confident that the team has made up ground in some of its weakest areas with the new car.
“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,” Lowe said.
“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. That’s the kind of culture we try to instill throughout the whole organization – one of constantly striving to reach something 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 optimization absolutely everywhere.”
Much of Mercedes’ strength has been down to its power unit, but powertrain managing director Andy Cowell believes that there was still ground to be made up over the winter, particularly with its reliability.
“To get the performance out of this new generation of Power Units, you need to chase efficiency. That’s both combustion efficiency and efficiency in the various energy transition steps – i.e. MGU-H, MGU-K, turbocharger, power electronics and batteries,” Cowell said.
“We’re constantly working on every single piece of the puzzle to improve performance at the crankshaft, while also seeking to ensure we don’t suffer any of the problems we had last year with reliability.
“So, it’s about getting down to the root cause of issues and making sure that everything is robust across our whole process, as much as extracting performance.”
Hamilton will be the first to publicly run the Mercedes W07 with the beginning of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday morning.