Mercedes W09 F1 vehicle makes track debut at Silverstone

Joy Montgomery
February 23, 2018

Its reveal took place at the Silverstone Circuit, close to where the team is based, and Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was the first to take it for a spin.

"For me, Lewis is the personalisation of hunger", Wolff said.

"What we have implemented is aesthetically not appealing and we need to really tackle that and come up with a solution that simply looks better".

"We've had very good discussions, ticking the dots, and are expecting to come up with some news soon", he said. There is no reason to rush anything, no panic, I'm not feeling under any pressure of any other drivers in there and Toto [Wolff, team boss] and Mercedes have no reason to feel that I'm talking to anybody else.

Mercedes won more than half last year's races but the season ended with little to choose between the leading three teams, as the world champions, Ferrari and Red Bull claimed one win apiece over the final three rounds.

The reigning F1 world champions are conducting a dual shakedown test and filming day at the British Grand Prix venue, before officially presenting its 2018 challenger later on Thursday.

Mercedes owner Toto Wolff also confirmed at the launch of the new W09 auto that the Formula One giants had a positive discussion with the 33-year-old. So we're comfortable and we're committed to each other. It's just about sorting out the details always. "I'm fit and ready to take [the new car] where it needs to go". The cars are getting heavier.

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The vehicle is an evolution of last year's W08 EQ Power+ that star driver Lewis Hamilton drove to a fourth title.

"I haven't even see the Red Bull yet but previous year when that turned up it had no [aero] furniture on it".

And while the competitive picture for 2018 will not start to be revealed until winter testing begins next week, Hamilton is anticipating the new campaign to start how the last finished.

"Hopefully we'll have something done before the first race of the season".

"The sooner the better".

Last year's vehicle won 12 of the 20 races, with Ferrari triumphant five times and Red Bull three, but was swiftly declared to be a "diva" because of its nature.

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