BACK TO WORK: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg was first to get a taste of the team's new W06 hybrid car for 2015, ahead of testing in Jerez, Spain. Image: Twitter
SILVERSTONE, England - Lewis Hamilton and team mate Nico Rosberg gave their 2015 Mercedes car a shakedown at Silverstone on Thursday (Jan 29) until a snowstorm forced an end to proceedings.
Mercedes said its F1 W06 hybrid car, due to be formally unveiled at the first pre-season test in Jerez, Spain, on Sunday (Feb 1 2015) took to the track in icy conditions for a limited-distance promotional event.
A team statement read: "Driven first by Nico Rosberg, then Lewis Hamilton, the car completed a total of 18 laps (47.2km) before a blizzard brought filming to a halt.”
Mercedes won both the Drivers' and Team championships in 2014 with Hamilton taking 11 wins to Rosberg's five.
The team is expected to set the pace again through the 2015 season, with Britain's Hamilton chasing his third title. However, although rival engine-makers Renault, Ferrari and Honda hope the performance gap will have narrowed.
The season will start in Australia on March 15.
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