Mercedes fired up its 2019 championship winning W09 on Monday in preparation for a team test scheduled this week at Silverstone.
The Brackley squad posted a short video of the fire-up on Twitter in which team personnel is seen wearing masks and respecting the safety and sanitary measures that are set to remain in force for the foreseeable future.
This week's text, which is authorized by the F1's regulations because Mercedes is not running a current car, will allow Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to shed a bit of rust ahead of the start of the season.
But the two-day run will more importantly be devoted to Mercedes' garage and pitlane procedures as governed by the safety and sanitary procedures that will be in place at the start of the 2020 campaign in Austria next month.
The sound of an @F1 engine rumbles through the factory again! 🎶🎶🎶
Listen up as W09 fires into life ahead of this week's protocol test for the Team at Silverstone 👇 pic.twitter.com/3wJSd8uLqQ
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) June 8, 2020
Hamilton and Bottas will each enjoy a full day of running at Silverstone in the W09.
Mercedes and Red Bull are also expected to test ahead of the start of the season, with the Scuderia rumored to also be running this week, with Mugello believed to be its venue of choice.