To paraphrase the Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, it appears the killer bees are on the swarm, and it doesn’t appear to be safe anymore. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the sound of the new Mercedes-AMG F1 car for 2019.
Which means it’s Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’s new company car. Merc-AMG has released a short sound clip of its new ‘W10’ firing up, and… it does indeed sound angry.
Just how angry is up to you. Chainsaw angry? Aforementioned bees angry? Like an old V10 angry?
It’s not an old V10 of course. The power units remain pegged as 1.6-litre V6 turbos, with very complex energy recovery systems built in. We know this year sees an increase in the fuel allowance per race, increased by 5kg to 110kg. The FIA hope this will allow the drivers to “use the engine at full power at all times”. Meaning less lifting and coasting, and more flat out goodness.
Which means you’ll be getting an earful of the above noise all season long. We’ll see the finished car in a couple of days.