The 2018 Mercedes Formula 1 car has hit the track for the first time at Silverstone ahead of its official launch later on Thursday.

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.

Valtteri Bottas heading out in the W09 at a cold and overcast Silverstone.

The Finn will carry out a series of laps in the morning before handing over the car to reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon.

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