Mercedes announces date of F1 2017 car launch

Mercedes has become the second team to reveal the launch date of its 2017 car, with its unveil taking place at Silverstone on February 23.

The reigning world champion outfit will pull the covers off its W08 a day before rival Ferrari runs its car for the first time at Fiorano.

With all-new regulations coming for 2017, teams are eager to complete shakedowns to iron out any early trouble prior to official pre-season testing beginning at Barcelona in Spain on February 27.

The team will use a filming day to run the car at the British track for the first time.

Although Mercedes is pushing on hard with its car, it has yet to finalise its driver line-up – as discussions continue between itself and Williams about a potential deal for Valtteri Bottas to replace Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate.

Mercedes has also opened up a competition for fans to attend the launch event.