The F1 W11, a season dominating car, brought the joint-record seventh World Drivers’ Championship title to Lewis Hamilton. The car was designed and constructed by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team under the direction of James Allison, John Owen, Mike Elliott, Loïc Serra, Ashley Way and Jarrod Murphy. Powered by 1.6 L 90° V6 turbocharged Mercedes engine and used the help of DAS system, the W11 was the fastest car of the year. The most distinctive and most controversial technical feature of the car was Dual Axis Steering (DAS) which allowed the driver to adjust the toe of the front wheels to optimise mechanical grip by pulling or pushing on the steering wheel. This allowed the drivers to warm the car’s tyres more efficiently by having a zero toe but allows for better cornering ability by using a positive toe.
The scale model demonstrates the car driven by Valtteri Bottas during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in February 2020. The tests consisted of two sets of three testing days (19–21 February and 26–28 February), and Bottas, who completed 437 laps, set the fastest overall time. In Barcelona Mercedes cars were painted in the same livery as in the 2020 season, which the team planned to use in the 2021. But after pre-season testing the traditional silver livery of the car was changed to black following worldwide support for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially supported, sometimes overly exalted, by Hamilton.
|2020||F1||Barcelona pre-season testing|
|Valtteri Bottas||77||Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team|