Three of Formula One’s four engines were heard roaring into life over the weekend.
The 2019 season begins officially next Monday with the start of pre-season testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya. World champions Mercedes posted a clip of its new engine being fired up on Friday, followed by Renault and Toro Rosso doing the same with its Honda engine — the unit it will now share with parent team Red Bull.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 8, 2019
In case you missed it overnight, we fired up the STR14!
Take a listen! 🔊👇 pic.twitter.com/cJpa6zp6rA
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRosso) February 9, 2019
— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) February 8, 2019
Ferrari is the only engine yet to be heard ahead of the new campaign — the Italian team also supplies Haas and the Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber). McLaren, a Renault customer, was the first team to release a fire-up clip, doing so earlier this month.
Mercedes has also continued to tease what looks set to be a camouflaged livery ahead of its 2019 car launch on Wednesday. Such a colour scheme would likely be for pre-season testing only — Red Bull ran a similar concept ahead of the 2015 campaign.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 10, 2019