Mercedes-AMG W11: Formula 1's Gold Standard to Beat

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver still motivated to continue success with team

With Mercedes launching their 2020 auto that Hamilton hopes will deliver a sixth title in seven years, the 35-year-old said he's raring to go.

Mercedes released a few rendered images of the vehicle early Friday morning before Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared their thoughts from the pit lane.

'This is my eighth year driving for Mercedes and the buzz is the same'.

"They couldn't be more excited or driven".

"Probably the most impressive thing is that we've had the success and it could be quite easy for them to be laid back today". Petronas are still our corporation partner - a big strong alliance that was on the vehicle back then [in 2010] and is still on the auto today.

"Everyone seems refreshed, revamped and ready for the challenges ahead".

The team are permitted to do a maximum of 100 kilometres on Friday before shipping the vehicle to Spain for the start of pre-season testing on 19 February.

"I think at this time of the year you don't feel any pressure, it is just about having some fun".

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"The guys have worked so far to put the vehicle together. It is a real privilege to have that position".

Ahead of a season during which Hamilton aims to clinch his seventh world title and equal the record of the great Michael Schumacher, the Briton gave his team the thumbs up but warned that only pre-season testing will reveal the W11's performance relative to its rivals.

And if he keeps up his win average of the past six years, he will surpass the German's other record of 91 Grand Prix victories.

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton has aimed a swipe at Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, saying the duo's talk about challenging him in 2020 is "a sign of weakness". He is definitely one of the best out there, but he's not God. "Maybe God is with him, but he is not God".

"I find it amusing seeing that", he said.

"Often I tend to see that as a sign of weakness so..."

Mercedes made their Formula One return in 2010 after purchasing the title winning Brawn GP team and Wolff said that it is important to remember where the team started from and not gett too carried away with their current spell of dominance.

"Success is taking each day at a time", Wolff said. "Today, success would be that we have a good shakedown, that we clock the mileage and get the filming in so that both the drivers get a feel for the vehicle". With the regulations stable, their new vehicle is an evolution of last year's model that proved so successful.



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