Mercedes Car Launch: Mercedes Unveils The W09 At Silverstone
For all of us that couldn’t wait until the start of the 2018 Formula 1 season, it’s not too far to go now – with only a little over a month to wait until the first race of the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Today, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team unveiled their car at Silverstone – the W09 which is officially called: Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ and the best part? I was there! 🙂
The launch started off early in the morning with the press conferences starting – first, team principal Toto Wolff spoke to the media and broadcasters, answering questions about the car, the team, the drivers (and new contract negotiations) but mainly focused on the essential part which was the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Next up was Lewis Hamilton who seemed calm, refreshed and ready for the new season – chatting away to the media happily and talking about the new car, how much hard work the team have put into the development of the W09 and also how lucky he feels to be racing in Formula 1 – when asked about his ideas for the future.
Valtteri Bottas also spoke to the media after the car launch, he too looked relaxed and a lot more confident for the new season saying he’s ready to challenge and feeling determined to get in the car, racing again.
The launch was also a part of the team’s official 100km filming day, during which the F1 W09 completed it’s first laps round the track at Silverstone with Bottas behind the wheel first. In the afternoon – Lewis Hamilton took the car for a spin too which can be seen on social media.
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For the main reveal show (which you can see in the video below) there was a tribute to Mercedes’ motorsport history – featuring some of the team’s most painful defeats and thrilling victories.
So, what’s new on the W09?
The new power unit on the W09 (M09 EQ Power+) is something which has been worked on and developed throughout the winter-break due to the changes that have been made in the sporting regulations. In 2018, as we know, there has been a reduction in the number of power units which can be used – per driver, per season without incurring any grid penalties.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team has been working on this to ensure the power unit will be able to withstand the distance that that hardware has to run throughout the races and season.
Take a look at the video below.