Mercedes’ 2016 car makes track debut at Silverstone

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The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their Formula 1 car for the 2016 season; the W07 Hybrid made its debut for the first time on track yesterday.

The car completed just under 100 kilometres around Silverstone as part of a promotional event, as allowed under the F1 regulations, with Nico Rosberg initially at the wheel, followed by three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

The car will make its official debut on the first day of pre-season testing on Monday at Barcelona’s Catalunya circuit.

With Lewis aiming to become only the fourth driver in F1 history to win a third successive title alongside Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, will drive the car on day one. He and Rosberg will then alternate over the remaining three days of running.

Mercedes is believed to have made considerable improvements to its power unit over the winter ahead of defending its constructors’ and drivers’ titles.

But Mercedes have released a photo on Twitter, allowing us a sneaky glimpse of what the 2016 car will look like (see picture below).

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