F1 '19: A BRILLIANT SILVER ARROW BUT NOT TOO MUCH
Mercedes-Benz has again imposed its dominance on the Formula 1 world championship, but in a less incisive way than in other years
Also this year Mercedes-Benz won the Formula 1 World Championship by winning both the constructors 'and drivers' titles, but despite the victory there was no absolute domination of the German team and the teams equipped with the German units did not they have been very competitive.
MERCEDES-AMG F1 W10 EQ POWER+
The new F1 W10 EQ Power + was made by taking many design settings from the previous W09 but improving them to have a better CX.
Based on a frame with a honeycomb carbon fiber frame, the vehicle is equipped with a 990 hp Mercedes-AMG M10 EQ Power + V6 1.6 engine driven by an eight-speed sequential gearbox.
At the start of the season Valtteri Bottas was extremely determined to reiterate that this year he would be directly fighting for the world title with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but the victory in three GPs and numerous podiums did not have him allowed to counter the 11 victories and six podiums of the British rider who was reconfirmed world champion for the sixth time and led to the victory of Mercedes-Benz for the sixth year in a row in the constructors' championship.
However, that absolute dominion dating back to the 2016 world championship is still lacking, as the German team has been greatly facilitated by the lack of an efficient strategy group in Ferrari and by an inconstancy in results as far as Red Bull is concerned. If the Italian and Austrian teams manage to fill these gaps, perhaps we will see a handover in the next championships...
RACING POINT RP19
Racing Point's first season after Lawrence Stroll acquired Force India disappointed expectations a bit after the Indian team had enjoyed an excellent progression until the 2017 season.
The new RP19 was also designed by Andrew Green and, in addition to being equipped with the same power unit as the Silver Arrows, it had aerodynamic refinements compared to the previous Force India VJM11.
Sergio Perèz turned out to be the best of the two riders in the team, obtaining a fair number of points and Lance Stroll, son of the new owner of the team, raced extremely discontinuously, scoring points in six races out of twenty-one.
It is always good to remember that the team also changed ownership to allow Lance to continue racing after being fired by Williams at the end of 2018 due to a lack of results.
That of Williams is a sad and painful story, which seemed to be where to end this year with the entry of two talented pilots like Robert Kubica and George Russel and instead turned into a nightmare with open eyes.
The new FW42 was designed again by Paddy Lowe and implemented the same power unit as Mercedes-Benz and Racing Point refining the design compared to the previous FW41.
If the management of the English team thought that 2018 had been the worst year ever it had to change its mind at the end of the 2019 season, closing in last place with a single point earned by Kubica in a fortuitous way at the GP of Germany.
The worst season of the British team is not to be found in the drivers but in the approximate design of the car, daughter of a general lack of funds that not only delayed the development of the vehicle but also caused paradoxical situations such as the request not to force on the track to avoid to damage the cars as they could not be repaired due to the lack of spare parts.
This situation in which Williams is burdened fills me with sadness, as it is a stab in the heart to see reduced in this way one of the historic stables that has contributed in a decisive way to forge the Formula 1 legend. What do you think?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola and Alessandro Renesis for the cooperation
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