Mercedes F1 launch: Why the W09 is so impressive

Mercedes revealed its new W09 Formula 1 car on Thursday as it bids to secure a fifth-consecutive sweep of the drivers' and constructors' titles in 2018

Mercedes F1 launch: Why the W09 is so impressive

In this video, James Allen is joined at Silverstone by Autosport Grand Prix Editor Ben Anderson to discuss the inside line on the W09.

The interesting solutions to Mercedes' confusions

Here they cover what's new on the reigning world champion's 2018 challenger, what Lewis Hamilton thinks of its new suspension and aerodynamics and reveal details about the latest engine step that Mercedes hopes will push it even further in front.

"It does look very streamlined - Lewis mentioned that too - it looks as though Mercedes has looked at areas that other teams seem stronger, and tried to borrow a few things without fundamentally redesigning too much," says Anderson.

"One of the key elements will be what's under that engine cover, we hear from Mercedes that they've developed a whole new engine unlike their rivals Ferrari, Renault and Honda."

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