Mercedes fired up ahead of the 2018 season

Weeks before the start of the new season and Mercedes have fired up their 2018 Formula 1 car, the W09, for the first time.

Mercedes fired up ahead of the 2018 season

Mercedes fired up ahead of the 2018 season

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.

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…#W09Countdown pic.twitter.com/bOMQcZwWVI

— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) February 5, 2018

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