Mercedes fired up ahead of the 2018 season

Mercedes W08 (AP)
Mercedes W08 (AP)

Cape Town - Weeks before the start of the new season and Mercedes have fired up their 2018 Formula 1 car, the W09, for the first time. 

The Brackley team, chasing a fifth successive championship double in 2018, took to social media to document the event. 

"The W09 is more than a machine. It carries the passion and drive of an entire racing team. This is when it starts to become reality…" tweeted the team.

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