Mercedes set to unveil title-defending car ahead of 2015 season

Lewis Hamilton (right) and Nico Rosberg totally dominated the 2014 season with Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton (right) and Nico Rosberg totally dominated the 2014 season with Mercedes

The Brackley-based Mercedes AMG Petronas team will unveil its title-defending Mercedes W06 Hybrid on February 1 in the pit lane at Jerez ahead of the start of the 2015 winter testing season.

Having totally dominated the 2014 season, winning 16 out of the 19 races, many F1 onlookers believe Mercedes will once again be the team to beat in 2015.

The Brackley team have also confirmed that defending world champion Lewis Hamilton will get behind the wheel of the new car for the second and fourth day of testing in Jerez, with team-mate Nico Rosberg taking over duties for the other two days.

Toto Wolff, the Mercedes F1 team boss, said:, “The workload this winter has been as great as ever. Where last year we were preparing for an all-new formula of racing, we are now faced with the big challenge of making the next step in our development. We know that we went into the winter with a target on our backs for the other teams - and we are certain that our rivals will be competitive from the opening race in Melbourne.

“So we have to focus on every detail if we want to build any advantage this year and that is what we have done. This is an exciting time of year as our collective efforts all come together in the new car. Everybody in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart has put a great amount of effort into creating the latest Silver Arrow and I thank them for their efforts so far. We are excited to see how the car performs when it begins running.”

The part Bicester-based Toro Rosso team will launch their 2015 Grand Prix challenger at Jerez on January 31.

The team’s STR10 car will be powered by a Renault engine, and will be driven this year by Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen.

The team will field an all rookie line-up for the 2015 season, and Sainz Jr., son of former world rally champion, Carlos Sainz, will drive the car during the first day of testing.

Verstappen, who will become the youngest driver in F1 history at the age of just 17, will then take over in the cockpit of the Red Bull-supported car on day two.