Wolff says he would take off halo "with a chainsaw"

Wolff says he would take off halo

Wolff says he would take off halo "with a chainsaw"

The four-time world champion team is the seventh team to reveal its 2018 challenger, following Haas, Williams, Red Bull, Sauber, Renault and Toro Rosso.

According to Mercedes-AMG, the all-new F1 W09 EQ Power+ is superior to its predecessor in every single way and is expected to improve on last year's records on the track, thus becoming the fastest Mercedes F1 vehicle in history.

"Ferrari is very strong, Red Bull is very strong". Their development curve was quite steep, they were a second and a bit behind and then with us at the end.

Hamilton's contract with Mercedes will come to an end after the 2018 season, and after a successful campaign previous year, it's unsurprising that an extension is being spoken about. The minute you put the date out, you are going to be remembered about the date and it doesn't make any sense to put ourselves under pressure.

And, having previously expressed hope that his former team McLaren and former team-mate Fernando Alonso can return to front-running contention, Hamilton added: "Who knows, maybe there will be another team".

"I've been able to show that I can do it in many races, not during 21 races every time, but I know it's there and I know it's possible, so that's my thinking".

The former Williams driver ended the season in third behind Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Briton by 58 points.

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"Hopefully we'll have something done before the first race of the season". This year because it is going to be a closer season we have no idea what we're going to face.

The 33-year-old is entering the final term of his three-year contract with the sport's all-conquering team, but expects the new contract, which could earn him £40million-a-year until the end of 2020, to be agreed within the next month.

"This is better than last year's vehicle in every aspect". One guy shunted me off - I think it was Ham44 - and he didn't know it was me he was pushing off.

Mercedes owner Toto Wolff also confirmed at the launch of the new W09 vehicle that the Formula One giants had a positive discussion with the 33-year-old.

"If it has an opportunity for a future, then there are people from places that I come from that can give it a go, but I think it's much harder for anyone from a council estate in Stevenage to get to Formula 1 now".

"I feel like I'm in the best shape that I've been", he said.

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