How Mercedes fooled ‘naive’ rivals in 2019

Think you know everything about the championship-winning Mercedes W10 from 2019? Think again. The car pictured here is not what it seems – and demonstrates the depth and confidence that makes Mercedes a serial winner, as Stuart Codling explains…

At first glance you may think the car pictured here is the 2019 championship-winning Mercedes W10. It’s not. This car never raced.

Its own designers barely remember signing it off. And yet it played a fundamental role in Mercedes’ sixth consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ title doubles. Such is the way of modern Formula 1.

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