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Mercedes say new car is ‘a big step forward’ from 2019 edition

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton set the two fastest times in testing in Barcelona

Mercedes say their new Formula 1 car is “a big step forward” compared with its world championship-winning predecessor.

Technical director James Allison said they would start the season next month with improvements to the aerodynamics and engine.

The team had “a good winter” and produced a series of innovations to try to fend off challenges from rivals, he added.

“We decided we would make a car that was aggressive,” he said.

“Take every part and challenge ourselves to make it better.”

Allison used a video produced by Mercedes