Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team unveil new car

Lewis Hamilton has unveiled the new Mercedes he hopes will fire him to a record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship.

The 35-year-old British driver will be given the first taste of his new machinery during a shakedown test at Silverstone on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton is this year bidding to match Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles. He is also just seven victories shy of the German's all-time win record of 91.

"At this time of the year you don't really feel any pressure," said Hamilton.

"You are focused but it is about enjoying the moment.

13 PHOTOS
Lewis Hamilton
See Gallery
Lewis Hamilton
File photo dated 03-11-2019 of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas.
Lewis Hamilton posing for a picture with his second-placed 2019 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.
File photo dated 03-11-2019 of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his sixth world championship after the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas.
File photo dated 13-07-2019 of Mercedes' driver Lewis Hamilton in action during third practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
File photo dated 14-07-2019 of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Towcester.
Lewis Hamilton attending the Fashion Awards 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team�s British driver Lewis Hamilton competes during the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team�s British driver Lewis Hamilton arrives for the drivers parade ahead of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Winner Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team�s British driver Lewis Hamilton (2nd R), second placed Red Bull Racing�s Dutch driver Max Verstappen (2nd L) and third placed Scuderia Ferrari�s Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc (R) celebrate after the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. (Photo by Jure Makovec / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport) during the Grand Prix Formula One Abu Dhabi 2019 in United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov 2019. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 during the Grand Prix Formula One Abu Dhabi 2019 in United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov 2019. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)
Mercedes team photo with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W10 during the Grand Prix Formula One Abu Dhabi 2019 in United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov 2019. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)
Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport) during the Grand Prix Formula One Abu Dhabi 2019 in United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov 2019. (Photo by pressinphoto/Sipa USA)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"The guys have worked so hard to put the car together and there are only two of us, Valtteri (Bottas) and I, who get to drive it.

"It is pretty incredible, and we get to stretch its wings today. It is a real privilege to be in this position."

Hamilton returned to the Mercedes factory in Northamptonshire for the first time this year on Tuesday having spent much of the off-season in America.

He has entered the final 12 months of his £40million-a-year deal, but is in early negotiations with Mercedes over a contract extension to stay at the team.

Hamilton has been linked with a switch to Ferrari, but the Italian giants distanced themselves from a move for the six-time world champion at their car launch in Italy on Tuesday.

"This is my eighth year driving for Mercedes, and the buzz is the same," added Hamilton of the team that has won the past six drivers' and constructors' championships.

"They couldn't be more excited, more enthusiastic, or more driven.

"That is the most impressive thing. It could be easy for them to be laid back today but they aren't."

Hamilton will be in action at next week's three-day winter test in Barcelona before he opens his championship defence in Melbourne on March 15.

Read Full Story

FROM OUR PARTNERS