It’s the buzz of the Formula One racing community. The reigning F1 world champion Mercedes AMG has just confirmed its F1 W08 car launch date as 2017 season preparations continue. The new Mercedes W08 racing car will be revealed on February 23 at Silverstone, just a day before the Scuderia Ferrari’s launch.
According to Motorsports.com, the F1 world champion outfit will take off the wrap of its W08 a day before archrival Scuderia Ferrari’s car unveil at Fiorano, Italy. However, there still no words of driver news from Mercedes as the reigning champion decided to remain silence about the driver's topics.
With the launch news, Mercedes have become the second F1 racing team to announce the official launch date of its 2017 W08 F1 car, with the launch taking place at Mercedes’s home at Silverstone, England this coming February 23, 2017.
Mercedes Needs A New F1 Car
Mercedes will launch their 2017 car to defend Formula 1's world titles at Silverstone on February 23. The reigning F1 world champion will unveil its brand new W08 to the British Grand Prix track for a filming day, the day before rival Scuderia Ferrari launch its newest car at Fiorano. Currently, Mercedes and Ferrari are the only F1 racing teams that confirm their launch dates so far.
In addition, Mercedes are also giving F1 fans the chance via an online competition to attend and see the big Mercedes unveiling.
Mercedes Still Working On Drivers Line Up
Following the shocking retirement of F1 world champion Nico Rosberg from Mercedes just a few days after his 2016 F1 title win, the Silverstone-outfit are yet to confirm who will partner F1 champion Lewis Hamilton in next season.
But rumors are rife on the motorsports world that the Finland-born Valtteri Bottas has been identified by Mercedes as their top choice. Bottas is said to be keen on making a switch from Williams. Unfortunately, there still no official words from Mercedes regarding the possible contract signing.
The stumbling block is that the 27-years-old Valterri Bottas is still a vital asset for Williams on several fronts, and Williams has no plans on replacing Bottas.
Furthermore, a number of Williams sponsors including Martini, which said to be keen to have the Finnish F1 driver on board due to his racing experience. Martini also wants to have an ‘older driver' for its promotional activities, and Bottas will make a good fit.
Fernando Alonso will no longer be a target for Mercedes due to his ongoing commitment to McLaren, which said to go until the end of 2018. However, Pascal Wehrlein will remain an alternative option for Mercedes should the Valtteri Bottas bid fail.
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