All the track shots from Mercedes’ W13 shakedown

Mark Scott
George Russell drives the W13 at Silverstone. February 2022

Mercedes have published images of the all-new W13 in action at a very wet and windy Silverstone circuit.

Launch day for the Silver Arrows began with a special presentation at the iconic British track with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, a returning Lewis Hamilton and new team-mate George Russell all interviewed prior to the covers coming off the W13.

Whilst Mercedes initially released renders online, the actual W13 was on display towards the end of the launch event ahead of the car going out on track for the first time later on Friday morning.

With the talking over, it was time for some action. With Hamilton on filming duties, it was down to Russell to rack up the first miles on the W13 clock.

As part of the new regulations, the better a team performs, the less time they get in the wind tunnel to develop their car.

However, Mercedes got a little more time than they bargained for as they performed their private shakedown during Storm Eunice, which was bringing gusts of up to 90mph in some areas of the UK.

Oh, and some heavy rain of course. The new cars are creating some pretty humongous rooster tails.

Russell then returned to the pits to hand over the car to Lewis Hamilton.

George Russell returns to the pits. Silverstone February 2022.

Mercedes tweeted that Hamilton “back at the wheel of an F1 car just feels right”. And who could possibly disagree with that?

Lewis Hamilton during the Mercedes W13 shakedown. Silverstone February 2022.

Mercedes have returned to a predominantly silver livery this year as they bid to make it nine Constructors’ titles in a row.

Side-on view of Lewis Hamilton during the Mercedes W13 shakedown. Silverstone February 2022.

And there was no question who got the best of the weather. Lewis 1 George 0, on that score at least, before they head for much more running in Barcelona next week.

Lewis Hamilton during the Mercedes W13 shakedown . Silverstone February 2022.

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