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Formula One: Mercedes "a new adventure" for Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton unveiled Mercedes' new car for the forthcoming Formula One season here on Monday, hailing the team's drive and determination to win the championship as beyond compare.

The Briton described his arrival as "the start of a new chapter... a new adventure" and said he was excited to unveil the F1 W04 "Silver Arrow" at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.

"I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one," he added. "I can't wait to drive it and see where I can make a difference to help push the team forward with Nico (Rosberg)...

"We are playing a long game here but I know we will have success together and I'm excited to be a big part of making it happen."

Hamilton and Rosberg posed with the car, which had its first run out at the Andalusian circuit and will now be put through its paces for the next four days in testing in time for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March.

New executive director Toto Wolff also said he had been impressed with the quest for perfection at the team.

"The people are highly motivated, open-minded and determined to succeed. Our drivers are hungry for success, too, and it will certainly be fascinating this season to see how Nico and Lewis perform together.

"Ultimately, though, Formula One is very straightforward and the only thing that counts is lap time."

Team principal Ross Brawn described the F1 W04 as a "clear step forward in design and detail sophistication".

He added: "With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in Formula One and I know that a healthy competition between them both will help drive the team forward."

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