Weeks before the start of the new season and Mercedes have fired up their 2018 Formula 1 car, the W09, for the first time.
The Brackley team, chasing a fifth successive championship double in 2018, took to social media to document the event.
“The W09 is more than a machine. It carries the passion and drive of an entire racing team. This is when it starts to become reality…” tweeted the team.
Nervous energy fills the air. Twelve calendar months, a thousand man years in the making. And now, a first milestone passed.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 5, 2018