Mercedes unveils the F1 W09 EQ Power+

  • Mercedes unveils the F1 W09 EQ Power+

Mercedes unveils the F1 W09 EQ Power+

He hoped also that Mercedes had "ironed out some of the creases" from a year ago with a narrower and more tightly packaged vehicle, whose official F1 W09 EQ Power+ name is already quite a mouthful.

World champion Hamilton's present contract with the Silver Arrows expires at the end of the upcoming season.

As McLaren technical chief on chassis Tim Goss said on the subject of teams copying each other: "Now we have had a year to learn about the cars and how they perform with these new bodywork regulations, then you will build on that". Toto and Mercedes have no reason to feel that I'm talking to anyone else.

Last year's auto 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. 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.

"I know there's no one else better and Toto knows there's no one else better than me, so he is not looking anywhere else". 'We expect to come up with news soon.

"Obviously the brakes are always on the limit, they're not really developing much further than they have been the last couple of years, the technology's limited in the carbon industry, so that becomes more and more of a challenge". I think that shows my commitment.

While Hamilton was addressing questions about his performances off the track, his 2017 rival Sebastian Vettel was busy facing ones about Ferrari's display on it, having managed to throw away the title last season when unreliability wrecked Vettel's chance to fight Hamilton and clinch what would've been his fifth drivers' championship.

The four-time world champion team is the seventh team to reveal its 2018 challenger, following Haas, Williams, Red Bull, Sauber, Renault and Toro Rosso. How can I improve on what was a very, very strong year?

"That is the answer we all want to get, and we will go from there". And the step up the works team has made.

The FIA has rigorously tested the Halo system over the past few years to ensure the device will keep drivers safer, not only from the possibility of flying debris, but also with regards to impact accidents as well as driver extraction.

"I don't think - you can never say never, but I know some guys and girlfriends who are better gaming, then you go to a auto and they don't have a clue".

"It's a massive weight on the top of the vehicle".