F1 champion begins title defence with W08 Silver Arrow

Reigning F1 champs Mercedes have officially unveiled their 2017 silver arrow the W08 at Silverstone.

It will race in the 2017 Championship with 3-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas who replaces the now-retired Nico Rosberg. "It is so exciting to see this thing come together," said Hamilton as he revealed the car. Hamilton drove the car on the track before the unveil for a FIA sanctioned media drive."Driving today, naturally the car feels wider, which it is, and the front tyres feel huge. There is quite a lot of grip already even in the cold conditions here.

Former Williams driver Bottas appointment came late in the silly season after a prolonged search resulting from reigning champion Nico Rosberg’s retirement. Bottas said "It is a big day for me, driving a Silver Arrow for the first time is something very special. I have been waiting for this moment for quite a while and also for the test for a long time.”

"What I really like about this is how clean it looks, but there is a massive amount of detail on the rear end and bargeboards – development has been done – and how far everything has been taken with this car. It looks cool."

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