360° VIDEO: Ride with Hamilton in the new W08

F1i 25/02/2017
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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP gives a thumbs up as he leaves the circuit on a boat after qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 23, 2015 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Mercedes posted a video of Lewis Hamilton lapping Silverstone with the team’s new W08, and judging by his comments he seems to be enjoying his new ride.

Mercedes mounted a full 360° angle camera on the W08 so you can change your view and watch from every direction.


Hamilton’s seemed to be full of praise for his new wheels and admitted he was grateful to be in his position.








As he pulled in to the pitlane, he said: “I love my first lap in the new cars, I’m so lucky to have a job like this.”


Lucky indeed!


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WATCH: Bottas stunned by new Mercedes

F1i 24/02/2017
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The Finn definitely had a spring in his step as he made his way to the Mercedes garage and to his new ride, which he described as ‘the best looking car I’ve ever seen’.

When he stepped out a little later on after taking the Silver Arrows for a spin, he was even more enthusiastic.

“I’ve never driven a car with that much downforce!,’ he said.

The jury is still out on whether Mercedes’ new recruit, who has yet to win a Grand Prix, can beat Hamilton on his own merit.

Regardless of what pundits believe, the Finn is convinced he can do it.

“The stopwatch is not going to lie,” he said. “We will see very soon how everything goes.

“But if I thought that I couldn’t compare or be quicker than Lewis, I would rather stay at home. I do believe in my skills and that it is possible – but I do need to go step by step, day by day, race by race.

“It is a big learning curve for me, and we still haven’t done a single lap together in the same car, so it is only guessing how we will compare. But we will find out soon.”

Check out Valtteri’s Bottas’ impression in the video below…

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Wolff: Rules of engagement between Bottas and Hamilton will remain

F1i 23/02/2017
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In light of last season’s heated on-track confrontations between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Mercedes is keen to apply deterrents this year while letting its drivers the freedom to race.

“That is an internal paper that has grown over the years, with experience, Wolff said at the team’s launch today, referring to Mercedes’ rules of engagement.

“Still, when you look at Abu Dhabi it proved to have blank spots. So it’s something you want to continue to do and develop for the benefit of the team, the drivers and the spectators.

“The basic concept will stay in place, we are maybe going to call it differently and trim it a little bit, add the bits that were missing, but not make it a complex regulation.”

While drivers will remain under tight scrutiny, Wolff admitted it could be a very different state of affairs at Mercedes compared to last season’s contentious relationship, especially if the German manufacturer sees its dominance greatly reduced.

“We have to see how the season gets started anyway, it might be completely different in terms of the dynamics between the drivers and the dynamic with other teams. But the basic concept stays, yes.”

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