Mercedes-Petronas to debut 2020 F1 car on Valentine's Day


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  • Friday, 17 Jan 2020

Lewis Hamilton celebrating his 2019 overall title in Abu Dhabi. The British top ace can equal Michael Schumacher's record seven championships and is poised to overtake the great Ferrari driver on career wins, with 84 to date. Schumacher retired with an unprecedented 91. - Reuters

LONDON/KUALA LUMPUR: Formula One world champions Mercedes have scheduled a Valentine's Day debut for the car Lewis Hamilton would love to take him to a seventh title this season.

The team said in a statement on Friday (Jan 17) that an initial shakedown run will take place in private at Silverstone circuit on Feb 14.

The first of two official pre-season tests starts in Barcelona on Feb 19 with the opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 15.

Mercedes have won both the driver's and constructor's championships for the past six years but could face a tougher challenge from Ferrari and Red Bull in a season without major changes.

The British-based team have the same line-up with Finland's Valtteri Bottas again partnering Hamilton, winner of 11 races last year.

The Briton can equal Michael Schumacher's record seven championships and is poised to overtake the great Ferrari driver on career wins, with 84 to date.

Schumacher retired with an unprecedented 91.

The 35-year-old said on Instagram that he planned to come back better than ever and was going to be "a machine this year, on another level than ever before".

This year's F1 calendar will feature 22 races. The championships begins in Australia (March 13-15) and ends in Abu Dhabi (Nov 27-29).

Two will be held in South-East Asian. The Vietnam GP is from April 3-5 and the Singapore GP is from Sept 18-20. - Reuters

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