Mercedes Pleased with First V8 Test

Mercedes say development of their new V8 Formula One engine is progressing as planned after testing it on the track for the first time

Mercedes Pleased with First V8 Test

Formula One's engine rules are changing next season with the three litre V10s used for the past decade being replaced by 2.4 litre V8 units to reduce speeds and bring down costs.

Mercedes, partners to title-contenders McLaren, said testing at Silverstone on Tuesday and Wednesday in a modified version of the current McLaren had gone well despite problems with vibrations.

"We had an uneventful track debut with our new V8 engine," said Mercedes motorsport vice-president Norbert Haug in a statement.

"With Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel we gained first basic experiences with the new engine on a race circuit and we completed our programme as planned.

"The premiere was okay and everything goes exactly according to the plan we have set ourselves."

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