Mercedes and Hamilton hope to start season with new deal done

Mercedes launch 2018 F1 car but Toto Wolff slams halo: 'If you gave me a chainsaw I would cut it off'

World champion Lewis Hamilton is scheduled to drive the W09 in the afternoon, after the auto is officially unveiled.

The Brit is out of contract at the end of 2018 but Wolff feels it is only a matter of time before he extends his stay.

Bottas gave the challenger its debut in the morning before world champion team-mate Hamilton got his first taste of a vehicle he has described as a "work of art".

"You see the pictures [of the new cars] come out and the ones that have been posted are all very vague, you can't really see the items they have on the vehicle", said Hamilton at Mercedes' W09 launch. Despite the concept originally being suggested by Mercedes, Wolff has urged the FIA to come up with a better-looking solution as soon as possible. But the minute you put the date out, you're going to be reminded about the date - and it doesn't make any sense to put ourselves under pressure.

"It is important to cover every angle of the corporation".

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"I also did some training there and then I flew back to Europe for a couple of weeks. I mean a few weeks!"

Hamilton, while talking to Sky Sports F1 channel, also confirmed that the talks were positive, but reiterated his desire to complete negotiations before the start of the new season. "During that time we spoke very often, we've constantly been talking to each other". This year, being a little more confident of what we're aiming for, we've been able to commit more fully to certain concepts.

"It's just about sorting out the details and I hope we will have something done before the first race".

"I'm really hopeful that this year we've ironed out a lot of the creases".

"I am not feeling pressure from other drivers and Toto has no reason to believe I am speaking to anyone else".

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"Last year the vehicle was fantastic, but there were so many things we could still improve on", said Hamilton.

"This is the first time that I've seen the auto put together", continued Hamilton. "I love this job". He has, however, spoken of equalling Juan Manuel Fangio's five crowns, which he could do this year.

"And if you give me a chainsaw, I would take it off".

"There are parts of the lighter cars and nimbler cars of the past that I like, easier to overtake, easier to manoeuvre in combat, whereas the heavier cars, it gets slower".

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