Mercedes confirmed its 2020 F1 car launch will take place on February 14th – the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to its fans!
Formula One world champions Mercedes will be hoping Lewis Hamilton will fall in love with its 2020 F1 car. Hamilton is looking for a seventh F1 world title this season, which would equal the great Michael Schumacher’s record haul.
Hamilton could also surpass Schumacher’s record 91 Grand Prix wins this season – the British driver currently sits on 84 race wins to date.
Mercedes confirmed its 2020 F1 car launch date by posting a video across their social media accounts. Earlier this week, McLaren also confirmed its 2020 car launch date when driver Lando Norris seemingly ‘leaked’ it on a YouTube takeover.
Mercedes has won both drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the past six years but will face renewed competition from both Ferrari and Red Bull this year.
F1 gearing up for new season
Mercedes will run its 2020 F1 car for the first time in private at the Silverstone racetrack, ahead of the first official week of Formula One testing which begins on February 19th in Barcelona. The second week of testing will then take place on February 26th at the Circuit de Catalunya, ahead of the opening race in Melbourne on March 15th.
Mercedes’ 2020 F1 car launch will also take place on the same day as the Alpha Tauri launch – the rebranded Toro Rosso.
So far, five of the 10 Formula One teams have confirmed their 2020 car launch dates. Ferrari will launch its car on February 11th, with Renault’s launch a day later.
McLaren’s car launch is on February 13th, before Mercedes and Alpha Tauri both launch their 2020 cars on Valentine’s Day.
Williams, Haas, Red Bull, Sauber, and Racing Point are still yet to confirm their 2020 F1 car launch dates.
Ferrari sign Leclerc's brother
Ferrari meanwhile, has announced Charles Leclerc’s younger brother has signed to their young driver academy.
Arthur Leclerc, 19, has been rewarded with the role after he registered one win and seven podiums in German Formula 4 last year.
Charles Leclerc was handed a five-year contract extension by Ferrari in December last year following a strong debut season for the Scuderia in which he won twice, and finished above team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the championship.