Lewis Hamilton close to signing new Mercedes contract

Mercedes launch 2018 F1 car but Toto Wolff slams halo: 'If you gave me a chainsaw I would cut it off'

Earlier, the 2018 Mercedes Formula 1 vehicle W09 hit the track for the first time at Silverstone ahead of its official launch.

"I'm not impressed with the whole thing, ' said Wolff when speaking at the launch of the team's 2018 challenger at Silverstone".

"Toto knows that I know there's nowhere better, so there's no need to look anywhere else".

"We've taken some of the good from past year, but there were circuits that we went to where we weren't that strong, so hopefully we've found a compromise which will favour a majority of the grand prix circuits".

"Toto knows that I know there is no-one better, so he's not going to be looking anywhere else, and he knows that I know there is no-one else better, so I'm not going to be looking anywhere else".

Valtteri Bottas headed out in the W09 at a cold and overcast Silverstone, with Mercedes using one of its two filming days to complete a shakedown.

"Last year the vehicle was fantastic, but there were so many things we could still improve on", World Champion Lewis Hamilton was quoted as saying by the F1 website.

Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG on Thursday unveiled their 2018 season auto named the W09 EQ Power+.

"We are comfortable and we are committed to each other".

"I just walked into garage now and they took the cover off and I was staring at it".

"Coming to the end of the year, Ferrari, Red Bull and us are very, very close".

Hamilton and Monger were captured on the star's Instagram story appearing to look over the vehicle before they then got into a green Mercedes AMG GT R to hurtle around the track.

While the filming days restrict the vehicle 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.

On Thursday, he claimed that a plan for a new approach was always in the pipeline, but fans should not expect a similar level of insight into his life this year. "This one is strong enough to grab it and get out of the vehicle".

There's also four of them - one for each championship Hamilton has won. Despite the concept originally being suggested by Mercedes, Wolff has urged the FIA to come up with a better-looking solution as soon as possible.

With McLaren due to unveil their vehicle on Friday, only Toro Rosso will be left to launch their 2018 edition, with fans slowly getting to grips about the new Halo design that runs above the drivers' cockpit.

"But we are living in unusual times where things are magnified a lot more than they were in previous years".

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