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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport took the first step on the road to the 2017 Formula One season wîth the official presentation of the new F1 W08 EQ Power+.

The new car was launched to the team's fans from the Silverstone garages via a live 360-degree broadcast on Facebook, YouTube and the Team's official website - reinforcing the 'fan first' approach that has grown Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport's social media community into the sport's largest, at over 14 million people.

The Launch was held as part of the Team's official 100 km Filming Day, during which the F1 W08 EQ Power+ completed its first laps on Silverstone's 2.96 km International Circuit, in the hands of both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

The all-new F1 W08 EQ Power+ has been designed to maximize the performance opportunities offered by radically different aerodynamic regulations for the 2017 season which will probably see the new cars become the quickest in the history of the sport - while leaving sufficient scope for an in-season development rate expected to be among the fastest ever in Formula One.

The M08 EQ Power+ is the fourth iteration of the Turbo Hybrid generation of Power Únits and has been conceived to withstand significantly increased physical loads and a more severe duty cycle under the new rules, while also maximizing potential performance developments.

Vital Stats
Engine : 1.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 600 hp

8-speed Automatic
In Formula One, major regulation changes have usually been designed to limit performance and provide the technical teams wîth new constraints to work within. The new rules for 2017 opened up a new and exciting challenge - the freedom to explore a more generous set of regulations, coupled wîth the uncertainty of not knowing exactly where targets should be set, or what will represent a good result.


If last year's W07 was all about refinement and elaborate, detailed evolution, the W08 project has gone back to first principles. With the car having to be designed before running the definitive 2017 tyres, and in some parts before the regulations had even been finalized, it was important to arrive quickly at a sound base architecture, while following a flexible, adaptable philosophy to allow scope for major developments during the season. With this in mind, only 17% of the components in W08 have been carried over from its predecessor, wîth the team's main focus lying on optimizing the car within the new aerodynamic regulations.

This is also the first major regulation change to occur under the Aerodynamic Testing Regulations (ATR), which limit every team to the same maximum amount of wind tunnel testing - 65 runs per week. Given the extent of the regulation changes, the first W08 concept ran in the team's 60% Brackley wind tunnel before the first race of last season and has completed over 2,000 runs during its development so far.

In addition to the new shapes of front and rear wing, the biggest areas of aerodynamic opportunity are the floor and the barge board area in front of the sidepods, which have been the focus of significant work. And while the performance opportunity has been significant, the design teams have also worked to improve the W08 structurally in order to withstand the substantial increases in aerodynamic and mechanical loads.

The Power Únit, christened M08, has also been comprehensively redesigned for the new season. Although the previous token system did not constrain power unit development since 2014, its abolition allows the technical group more freedom for engineering solutions.

As ever, much focus has been on the primary energy conversion opportunity - the combustion process - but there are also many opportunities for gains further downstream, including within the engine ancillaries. The new aerodynamic regulations have had a significant impact on the configuration of the engine which, as a structural component of the car, must cope wîth significantly greater physical loads. To maintain its structural properties, the engine is therefore slightly heavier than its predecessor.

In addition to this comes an increased duty cycle, wîth the cars expected to spend approximately 10% more of every lap at full throttle - a change that is reflected in a 5% increase in race fuel allowance for the new season. M08 has also been designed for increased durability, wîth only four Power Únits per driver per season permitted by regulation in 2017.

Source - Mercedes-Benz

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2017 Formula One Season
PosTeamConstructorChassisDriversPoints
 Renault F1 TeamRenaultR.S.17 Germany Nicolas 'Nico' Hulkenberg
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer
Russia Sergey Sirotkin 
 SauberSauber
C36 
Sweden Marcus Ericsson
Germany Pascal Wehrlein 
 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
W08 EQ Power 
Finland Valtteri Bottas
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 
 Force India Formula One TeamForce India
VJM10 
France Esteban Ocon
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
 Honda Marlboro McLarenMcLaren
MCL32 
Spain Fernando Alonso
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 
 WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
FW40 
Brazil Felipe Massa
Canada Lance Stroll 
 Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
SF70H 
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Germany Sebastian Vettel 
 Haas-Hall RacingHaas
VF-17 
France Romain Grosjean
Denmark Kevin Magnussen 
 Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
STR12 
Russia Daniil Kvyat
Spain Carlos 'Carlos Sainz, Jr.' Sainz Vázquez de Castro 
 Red Bull RacingRed Bull
RB13 
Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Netherlands Max Emilian Verstappen 

2017 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2017  Sebastian VettelFerrari 
 Chinese Grand Prix Chinese Grand Prix ShanghaiApr 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain International CircuitApr 2017  Sebastian VettelFerrari 
 Russian Grand Prix Russian Grand Prix Sochi International Street Circuit, SochiApr 2017  Valtteri BottasMercedes-Benz 
 Spanish Grand Prix Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Grand Prix MonacoMay 2017  Sebastian VettelFerrari 
 Canadian Grand Prix Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
Azerbaijan Grand Prix Azerbaijan Grand Prix Baku City CircuitJun 2017  Daniel RicciardoRed Bull 
 Austrian Grand Prix Austrian Grand Prix SpielbergJul 2017  Valtteri BottasMercedes-Benz 
 British Grand Prix British Grand Prix SilverstoneJul 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungarian Grand Prix HungaroringJul 2017  Sebastian VettelFerrari 
 Belgian Grand Prix Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,Spa,BelgiumAug 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Italian Grand Prix Italian Grand Prix MonzaSep 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Grand Prix Marina BaySep 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian Grand Prix SepangOct 2017  Max Emilian VerstappenRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix Japanese Grand Prix SuzukaOct 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 United States Grand Prix United States Grand Prix Circuit of the AmericasOct 2017  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMercedes-Benz 
 Mexican Grand Prix Mexican Grand Prix Autódromo Hermanos RodríguezOct 2017  Max Emilian VerstappenRed Bull 
 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2017  Sebastian VettelFerrari 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas MarinaNov 2017  Valtteri BottasMercedes-Benz 

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