This week sees the majority of F1 teams release their 2019 cars. Keep up to date on this page for the latest releases.
February 7 – Hass release their 2019 challenger
On Thursday Haas released their 2019 car, the VF-19, showing off a considerably different livery to its predecessor. Haas have obtained Rich Energy as a title sponsor for this season and the car features a black and gold livery harping back to the Team Lotus colours of the 1980’s.
In Haas’ press release statement, team owner, Gene Haas said: “The new car looks distinctive,
not only in terms of its color scheme, but also with the new regulations in play. Hopefully those design changes brought in for 2019 will improve the racing on-track, and more importantly give us a shot at making more of an impact at each Grand Prix.”
There don’t appear to be many other sponsors currently featuring on the car, however, this could all change before the first race in Australia.
February 11- Toro Rosso
Toro Rosso have unveiled their 2019 car on Monday afternoon with an online unveiling. The STR14 has a largely unchanged colour scheme from their previous two years and with the brighter colours showing off the STR14’s 2019 design more clearly than the Haas, you can clearly see a number of design changes including new barge boards and the new front wing specification required for this season.
Toro Rosso will be continuing with Honda engines for the 2019 season and with the Italian team increasing their technical cooperation with Red Bull for 2019, Toro Rosso will be hoping they will be able to provide Daniil Kvyat and Alexander Albon with a car that will regularly be able to fight for points.
Toro Rosso finished ninth in the Constructor’s championship last year with 33 points.
February 11- Williams
Not only have Williams unveiled their new car today, they have also announced a new title sponsor partnership with telecommunications company ROKiT. Whilst replacing the Martini sponsorship with ROKiT, Williams have also taken the opportunity to provide a completely new livery design whilst retaining their traditional blue and white colours.
The new livery was shown on a 2018 car at the Grove factory and this year’s car is not set to be seen until testing begins next week.
Williams have a new driver pairing in George Russell and Robert Kubica for 2019 and the team will be hoping this year’s car is not a repeat of 2018’s. Williams finished last in the Constructor’s championship in 2018 with 7 points and they will be hoping they can fight for points more often this year.
February 12- Renault
On Tuesday Renault unveiled their 2019 challenger, the RS19. Renault have opted to stick with a very similar livery and the design was unveiled on a predominantly 2018 car.
At the unveiling Renault confirmed that they are working hard on producing all the new parts for the upcoming season but hope to challenge the top three this season. Renault had a strong season last year, finishing fourth in the Constructor’s championship.
Renault have retained Nico Hulkenberg for 2019 and Australian, Daniel Ricciardo has joined from rivals, Red Bull.
February 13- Mercedes
Mercedes unveiled their 2019 car on Wednesday with a slightly revised livery to years past. The world champions carried out a shakedown of their car at Silverstone and proudly announced that their engine has been completely re-designed for the upcoming season.
Both Hamilton and Bottas got to drive the new W10 on Wednesday and both seemed please with the initial feedback from the car.
Once again, Mercedes appear to be the team to beat in 2019.
February 13- Red Bull
Shortly after Mercedes unveiled their car Red Bull followed suit.
Red Bull have revealed their 2019 car with a one off testing livery and it is expected they will return to their conventional colours at the start of the season.
This is their first year with Honda and all eyes will be on the reliability and power of the Japanese firm’s engines.
Max Verstappen has been retained for 2019 and Pierre Gasly has joined the team after the departure of Daniel Ricciardo.
February 13- Racing Point
Racing Point (formerly Force India) have been the third team this week to announce a new title sponsor. Their title sponsor for 2019 is SportPesa, a betting platform company based in Africa.
With new owner, Lawrence Stroll taking over the team late last year, the Silverstone based squad have seen a large injection of cash, something they have been short of for a while, and the team announced they will have a new factory by 2021.
With their upcoming expansion and financial stability, Racing Point are aiming to get ever closer to the top three teams over the course of 2019.
Tune in tomorrow when McLaren unveil their car. Remember you can keep up to date on all F1 news at overtakemotorsport.com