F1 champion Mercedes' 2020 car to make track debut on February 14

Valentin Khorounzhiy
Mercedes car to make track debut on February 14

Mercedes has set a date for the track debut of its 2020 Formula 1 car, which will take place in a shakedown run at Silverstone.

The 2020 Mercedes will be driven by reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas during the season, as the team will look to score its seventh successive title of the hybrid era.

The car will make its on-track bow on February 14 at the venue of the British Grand Prix, three days after Mercedes' main rival Ferrari's 2020 unveiling is poised to kick off F1's 'launch season'.

The new car's debut will not be a public launch event, but Mercedes will make "a wide range of assets" including video, technical info and images of the car available on the day.

Mercedes car to make track debut on February 14

Mercedes' shakedown is made possible by F1's 'filming days' rule, which allows teams to carry out up to 100 kilometres of track running on two occasions outside of F1's grand prix weekend sessions and official testing.

Pre-season testing, which has been reduced to six days in 2020, will kick off on February 19 in Barcelona.

Mercedes is the fifth team to confirm its launch plans, with Ferrari kicking things off on February 11, before Renault and McLaren pull the covers off of their 2020 challengers on February 12 and 13.

The newly re-branded AlphaTauri team - formerly Toro Rosso - is due to unveil its car on the same day as Mercedes' Silverstone shakedown.

F1's key pre-season dates so far

February 11 Ferrari launch
February 12 Renault launch presentation
February 13 McLaren launch
February 14 Mercedes launch
February 14 AlphaTauri launch
February 19-21 First pre-season test
February 26-28 Second pre-season test

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