The upcoming Formula 1 season will feature new Safety and Medical cars, the FIA has confirmed. The FIA’s new on-track vehicles will be the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C63 S respectively.

The new GT S Safety Car replaces the gull-wing SLS AMG GT, and is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 engine capable of producing 510bhp. It can go from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 310km/h (192mph).

It will continue to be driven by Bernd Mayländer, the former DTM and GT racer who has served consistently in the role since 2000. Sitting alongside him will be his co-driver Peter Tibbetts, who will monitor on-track activity via two iPads and communicate with race control via radio.

The FIA’s new Medical Car, the C63 S, features room for two extra medical crew and its 490-litre boot space can accommodate a host of emergency equipment, including a defibrillator and respirator.

South African driver Alan van der Merwe will remain at the controls, chauffeuring Dr Ian Roberts, the FIA’s Medical Rescue Coordinator, to any incidents.

Image via Mercedes AMG

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