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‘A great first date’ – Hamilton delights as new Mercedes makes track debut

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By ITN News Editor February 14, 2019 13:34

‘A great first date’ – Hamilton delights as new Mercedes makes track debut

Formula One champions Mercedes ran their new car for the first time at Silverstone with title holder Lewis Hamilton saying he felt 2019 could turn out even better than last season.With some other teams racing against time to get their new cars built and ready for the start of pre-season testing in Spain on Monday, Mercedes made sure they were on track in every respect.Hamilton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas performed the initial shakedown laps as part of a 100 kilometre filming day, with five-times world champion Hamilton due to be in the car during the afternoon.

The Briton won 11 races last year on his way to becoming only the third driver to win five titles and with a career tally of 73 wins is now only 18 off Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.Hamilton has also won 51 of the 100 grands prix in the V6 turbo era that started in 2014 and four of the last five championships.Mercedes have also won the last five constructors’ championships but team boss Toto Wolff warned that rule changes could shake things up.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 14, 2019 13:34

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