Mercedes unveil new Formula 1 car
Mercedes finally revealed their newest race car, the W07 hybrid, which they hope will run laps around competitors.
Teased only in spy shots until now, Mercedes unveiled their newest car that they hope will see Lewis Hamilton race to victory. With the W07 hybrid Mercedes are hoping for a third consecutive title double and Lewis Hamilton a racer’s hat-trick.
Although there are not any extreme noticeable differences on the car because of stable regulations, executive director Paddy Lowe said lots of work had gone in to revamping the car. “It’s difficult to have a complete revolution when the rules have stayed pretty much the same year on year,” he said. “But we aim to make minor revolutions wherever we can – even within a small context… So, while the car may look very similar to its predecessor from the outside – as is inherent within stable regulations – underneath there are quite a lot of mini revolutions that make up an overall evolution for the new season.” Mini revolutions that they hope will overcome any potential weaknesses of past cars.
Mercedes’ man of the moment Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about his fondness of the new car. “It feels very much like last year’s car. There are a few bits here and there but generally it’s the same – it’s an evolution of last year’s car and l think that is a positive. 60 laps on the first morning is very encouraging,” he told Sky Sports News after racing the car last week. You’d have to assume he is quietly confident that the Mercedes car will see him reach a career high and win his coveted hat-trick.
Mercedes are known for their success and innovations but they refuse to rest on their laurels. If we were to speak in the hashtag lingo of this generation we’d feel obliged to say something like #MotivationMonday after reading Paddy Lowe explain the mindset that went with creating this car and towards their future in general. He is quoted as saying “Our objective is excellence in all areas and, while we had some fantastic results last year, there are many areas in which we can still be much better…That’s the kind of culture we try to instil throughout the whole organisation – one of constantly striving to reach something better.”