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This Is the Mercedes W09 Formula 1 auto

This Is the Mercedes W09 Formula 1 auto

The move by the FIA for the halo to be implemented has been controversial with drivers, teams and fans in the F1 paddock disagreeing the decision. "In the six years I have been here, I have not spoken to another team and that shows how committed I am".

Mercedes- AMG Petronas Motorsport took the wraps of its 2018 Formula 1 auto at the Silverstone International Circuit in England. The most significant change is the addition of the Halo cockpit protection, per new F1 rules, plus the omission of the monkey seat and high T-wings. The raised front suspension, which featured just the Mercedes and Toro Rosso last season but has already been copied by Sauber this year, remains, as does the team's distinct slim nose.

"The real magic happens underneath but every little detail matters, every part can make a difference, and this year's vehicle is a big step from last year's one".

"I'm not impressed with the whole thing and if you give me a chainsaw I would take it off", said Wolff on Thursday, who complained about the weight of the new device.

Every season is a big season, but for the steamroller that is Mercedes 2018 is going to be a tough one. Ferrari had its best bet past year, but the challenge was marred by reliability issues in the middle parts of the season.

But four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton thinks drivers will soon get used to the halo. If it lives up to expectations, the F1 W09 EQ Power+ will also help the team achieve a fifth consecutive constructors title.

Hamilton scored nine wins and 13 podium finishes in 2017 en route to the championship, while Bottas added three wins and 13 podiums.

Hamilton said he just wants to get back to racing.

Though the auto is being put through its paces either side of lunch, Mercedes will formally unveil the vehicle to the assembled media during the day. Vettel said the SF71H is "a big step" compared to 2017's auto. Later in the morning, the auto completed its first laps of the season.

This is shaping up to be an exciting season.

Hamilton's current deal expires at the end of the 2018 season, which begins in Australia on March 25th.

Reigning world champions, Mercedes-AMG Petronas have finally revealed their 2018 Formula 1 contender at the Silverstone circuit.

Lewis Hamilton is hoping Mercedes' new W09 has retained the qualities of its predecessor and "ironed out a lot of its creases" to perform consistently.

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