Wolff wants to take a 'chainsaw' to Halo

The AMG Mercedes Petronas Formula 1 team launched its new defender, the W09, Thursday morning (Feb. 22) at the Silverstone International Circuit in Northamptonshire, England.

He was accompanied by Monger, who lost both lower legs in a crash in a Formula 4 race ten months ago, as they oversaw final preparations and then took a spin in a luxurious vehicle. Generally, over the last few years, I've been pretty good at handling it, so I should be even better this year.

Monger was extracted from the auto after 90 minutes before being airlifted to Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he spent three days in a coma while his legs were amputated.

"If it has an opportunity for a future, then there are people from places that I come from that can give it a go, but I think it's much harder for anyone from a council estate in Stevenage to get to Formula 1 now".

Hamilton scored nine wins and 13 podium finishes in 2017 en route to the championship, while Bottas added three wins and 13 podiums.

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes knows how committed he is to extending his stay with the team beyond 2018.

"Honestly, the team have done a great job to make it look as nice as it can look", said the Briton. Last year's auto was the fastest vehicle on track - it won the most races and had the most pole positions.

"I haven't even see the Red Bull yet but a year ago when that turned up it had no [aero] furniture on it".


While the filming days restrict the auto to be driven up to 100 km in non-race spec tyres, Mercedes will have a proper outing with the W09 when pre-season testing gets underway in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

"Last year's auto was never easy to work with, even at the tracks where we were strong", he said.

Wolff is also confident his star driver will not be distracted by the furore over his social media profiles.

"I had a slightly different winter", Hamilton explained. There was no snow but I was with family. It was a good experience and I love Japan.

"The next couple of weeks would be a realistic target", added Wolff. It is a critical time for the world.

"But the goal is to improve". I got down to a 6.2 board so I was quite happy with my progress.

Most of the F1 teams have now revealed their new cars for the upcoming campaign with Hamilton's Mercedes doing so today.


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