As dawn breaks on a brand-new era for Formula One, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team launched on Friday 18th February its challenger for the 2022 season - the Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance. With the sport's most significant technical regulation change in a generation, the factories at Brackley and Brixworth have been bristling with activity to respond to the challenge and identify every possible opportunity to unlock performance.
After 18 months of hard work, the end result is the W13, a car which is 98% new and freshly designed from tip-to-toe with minimal carry-over from its predecessor. Behind the wheel of the W13 for the 2022 season will be a new driver partnership of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, who graduates from the Mercedes Young Driver Programme to step up to the eight-time world champion Mercedes-AMG works team.
"Ever since work on W13 began, I have seen an excited enthusiasm in our team members like never before, thanks to the scale of opportunity that these technical regulations provide," said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team. "Towards the end of the year when the car build project truly came together, I felt a deep passion across the whole organisation, not only in the technical arena but across our bases at Brackley and Brixworth who were embracing a mindset of 'we can do this'".
PETRONAS, the team’s Title and Technical partner has powered the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team since 2010, with the Fluid Technology Solutions™ continuing to be an invaluable contributor to the team’s performance, reliability and efficiency. Using dedicated machinery within the laboratory, the PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineers extract and run samples of the fluids before and after every session. The analysis ensures the Primax fuel, Syntium oil and Tutela functional fluids are compliant with the sport’s technical regulations and are operating at their optimum levels.