The team Mercedes de F1 presented the model F1 W09 EQ Power + with which he aspires to extend his dominance in the category. Champion in the last four drivers 'and constructors' world titles, the UK-based German team unveiled its new car at the Sil circuitverstone.
"It's a very special moment", commented the team leader, Toto wolff. "It is the fruit of all the hard work we have done in the winter." Aesthetically there are no major changes compared to the model of the previous season and what is most striking is the Halo, which protects the cockpit area.
Regarding this security system, Wolff was very critical. “We have to keep an eye on the safety of the pilots, but what we have installed is aesthetically unattractive and a better solution will be needed. In addition, it has a considerable weight ”.
The presentation was also attended by English Lewis Hamilton, current champion of the specialty; and the finnish Valtteri Bottas. “This car is an evolution of last year's car and it is better in all respects. It looks similar from the outside, but inside it is developed so that it behaves better ”said Hamilton, who is going for his fifth crown in the specialty.
Bottas did a few laps around the circuit before the presentation, but his first real test will begin on Monday in Barcelona with the official pre-season rehearsals.