Mercedes’ shiny new F1 car, the W10, was out on circuit at Silverstone for its first shakedown this week ahead of winter testing – and according to Lewis Hamilton, the team enjoyed one of their best-ever first days of running in the seven year he’s been a Silver Arrows driver.
Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas took to a sunny Silverstone track for a pre-season filming day, limiting their running to just 100 kilometres on unrepresentative demonstration-spec tyres. Despite that, Hamilton looks to be heading to winter testing in Barcelona with a spring in his step, after what he described as a ‘great first date’ with his new W10.
“It was a great first date, probably one of the best ones that we’ve had in all these years,” said Hamilton. “Of course there’s things we can continue to work on, but so many people worked tirelessly to pull this car together, and to see it come to the test, just go out and get through our programme as we needed to and get the filming done, it’s great.
“And I tell you, for me, it’s crazy, because I’ve been racing a long, long time – it’s my seventh year with the team, and the excitement I had today was the same as I had when I first got in a Formula 1 car, which is really weird. I was not expecting that but I’m happy that I have that.”