Reigning World Champions Mercedes AMG Petronas have launched their 2017 title defender – the W08.
The Brackley-based team, who took the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles in 2014, 2015 and 2016, unveiled their 2017 car at an event at the Silverstone circuit.
Mercedes’ new aggressive looking W08 features a slightly refreshed livery. The packaging of the car is much tighter than we have seen so far on the other 2017 cars. There is no shark fin at present on the W08, though Mercedes have said that they will test one on the car later today.
Three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton is joined at the team this year by Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas. He moves from Williams to replace the retired 2016 Champion Nico Rosberg. It was recently announced that James Allison will also be joining the team in place of the departing Paddy Lowe.
“It’s the most detailed piece of machinery I’ve seen so far in Formula One.” – Lewis Hamilton
With Red Bull on an upward trend, and with the chasing pack inching ever closer, will Mercedes be able to be as dominant in 2017?
What do you think to the W08? Do you think Mercedes will be able to keep their crown in 2017? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.