‘It feels amazing!’: Watch Lewis Hamilton’s view from the cockpit as world champion drives new Mercedes F1 car for the first time at Silverstone
- Mercedes revealed new F1 car to compete in the 2019 season on Wednesday
- Lewis Hamilton drove his first laps in the car at a Silverstone shakedown session
- Brit had onboard cameras fitted to help fans take a closer look behind the wheel
- READ: All the latest F1 news and features ahead of the new season
Lewis Hamilton has already bagged his first few laps behind the wheel of the Mercedes that he hopes will land him a sixth world championship.
With the team having launched the W10 on Wednesday, the Brit had the opportunity in the afternoon to drive the car for the first time in a shakedown session held at the Silverstone circuit.
But the world champion has shared insight into what it is like right behind the steering wheel of the Silver Arrows he hopes he can defend his title with this term.
Lewis Hamilton shared a social media post of him driving the new W10 Mercedes at Silverstone
The world champion admitted the car felt amazing during his first lap around the track
With cameras attached to his crash helmet as well as another behind his seat, Hamilton tweeted a video of his first lap in the car at the venue of this year’s British Grand Prix.
The 34-year-old had not driven an F1 car on track since winning in Abu Dhabi in November and after pulling out of the pits, let out a cheer before excitingly proclaiming ‘it’s the best feeling when you pull away.’
Before pulling into the pits, Hamilton let out a small chuckle before saying ‘it feels amazing’ to mark his first lap.
Hamilton will hope the W10 can power him towards a sixth world championship this term
The Brit drove the car on Wednesday in a shakedown session as part of the car’s launch
Hamilton stands with team-mate Valtteri Bottas (left) and team boss Toto Wolff behind the W10
MERCEDES W10 SPECS
Overall length: 5000mm
Overall width: 2000m
Overall height: 950mm
Overall weight: 743kg
Engine: Mercedes-AMG F1 M10 EQ Power+
Gearbox: Eight speed
Gear selection: Sequential, semi-automatic
Hamilton will be back behind the wheel of the Mercedes in Barcelona on Monday when pre-season testing starts at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Mercedes head into the new season hoping to win both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships for the sixth consecutive season having dominated the turbo-hybrid era since its inception in 2014.
Hamilton and Mercedes are likely to face a strong championship challenge form Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, who this year also have highly rated youngster Charles Leclerc within their ranks.
Ferrari will unveil their new car on Friday at the team’s Maranello base as they look to win their first championship since 2008.
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