Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver still motivated to continue success with team

Valtteri Bottas on the wait on of the wheel of Mercedes’ fresh car at Silverstone on Friday

Lewis Hamilton says he and Mercedes are as motivated as ever this yr to proceed their success.

Mercedes’ fresh car is having its first bustle at a within most test at Silverstone on Friday.

Hamilton’s Finnish personnel-mate Valtteri Bottas will pressure the automobile in the morning sooner than the Briton, 35, takes over in the afternoon.

“It is my eighth yr with the personnel and the buzz is the identical every yr,” mentioned six-time world champion Hamilton.

“They’d per chance per chance not be more angry or pushed. That’s essentially the most spectacular component.

“It could really per chance per chance well be easy to be laid wait on. Nonetheless all americans is natty-centered, angry and revamped, and reinvigorated for the challenges forward.”

The personnel are permitted to enact a maximum of 100 kilometres on Friday sooner than shipping the automobile to Spain for the originate of pre-season sorting out on 19 February.

Hamilton added: “At present of yr you produce no longer essentially essentially feel the tension; it is miles about having fun with the 2nd.

“The guys possess worked so tough to put the automobile together and wonderful two of us gather to pressure it. It is a exact privilege to possess that space.”

Hamilton is concentrating on a seventh world title this yr, which would equal the all-time memoir of Michael Schumacher.

And if he keeps up his acquire life like of the past six years, he’ll surpass the German’s assorted memoir of 91 Expansive Prix victories.

Hamilton shrugged off comments from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, whomentioned at a media match last week that he could per chance well beat the Britonif he had the factual car, in conjunction with: “Lewis is terribly factual. He is undoubtedly one of many wonderful on the market nonetheless he’s no longer God. Perchance God is with him, nonetheless he’s no longer God.”

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Hamilton mentioned: “I get it silly seeing that. I essentially possess upright repeatedly identified to enact my talking on the discover. I are inclined to glimpse that as a keep of weak point.”

Mercedes personnel boss Toto Wolff mentioned the champions possess been taking nothing with out a consideration sooner than the fresh season.

“Success is taking day after day at a time,” Wolff mentioned. “At present, success could per chance well be we possess a factual shakedown, clock the mileage, gather the filming carried out after which traipse to Barcelona, gather the work carried out, acquire the solutions and traipse in factual form to Melbourne [for the season’s opening grand prix].”

The fresh car is an evolution of last yr’s dominant W10 with glaring refinements throughout.

The rear bodywork is noticeably more tightly packaged for better airflow, and there would possibly perchance be the identical outdated complexity of airflow shapers on the wait on of the front wheels.

Mercedes technical director James Allison mentioned Mercedes had worked tough on improving the automobile’s aerodynamic efficiency, resulting in a car that has loads more downforce than last yr for identical stages of sprint.

Allison added that amongst the enhancements possess been an “adventurous rear suspension layout in repeat to free up aerodynamic pattern opportunity”.

He mentioned Mercedes possess been expecting the fresh season to originate because the last ended, with Ferrari and Red Bull making it a three-method combat for trail victories.

The Mercedes is expected to be the automobile to beat any other time, severely after its solid efficiency last yr, when Red Bull and Ferrari could per chance well wonderful organize three wins every out of 21 races. Nonetheless their two rivals are hopeful of taking the combat to them.

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Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, the ex-McLaren F1 driver who now races for Mercedes in System E, will seemingly be Mercedes’ F1 reserve driver this yr, changing Esteban Ocon who has moved to Renault.

Moreover on Friday, Alfa Romeo are giving a first test to their fresh car at Ferrari’s Fiorano test discover.

And the aged Toro Rosso personnel, who’re being rebranded as Alpha Tauri this yr, will unveil their car in Austria on Friday evening.

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