Hamilton, who has won six of his seven titles with Mercedes, was present at the launch of the Silver Arrows F1 2024 car – W15 – at Silverstone on Wednesday morning and reiterated his “excitement” ahead of another Formula 1 season.
“Obviously it’s been emotional, it’s amazing to be here,” said Hamilton, when asked about the past few weeks.
“I came here in 2013, 11 years with the team, (now) starting my 12th. It’s a great opportunity to work with a group of people where you see the work they do in the winter. You see the car come together at the beginning of the year, this is the most exciting part of season indeed.
“You see everyone’s launch, this is the first time I see a car coming together as a whole. Knowing everything under the hood, which people will not be able to see, but George and I will be able to experience on the track. It’s fun.”
Mercedes unveiled the W15, which features many of last year’s black flagships but with their traditional silver color incorporated into the design, via a live stream on YouTube. Head of Mercedes This is Wolff he insisted that the car is a “relaunch” after two years of disappointment with the Red Bull administration.
Hamilton and his colleague George Russell will run the W15 for the first time during the shakedown event at Silverstone later today.
“The goal through winter training is first (place),” Hamilton added.
“It’s about getting the team back to where we were. We’ve had a tough few years that have grounded us.
“It’s (about) being diligent with our work, understanding the data and our practice. Even one rain session today can give me and George a little sense of what’s to come.
“I’ve always liked working with a team, especially when there are a lot of people, it’s a great human thing. Without those people working so hard, we wouldn’t get where we want to be. It’s good when we have one goal – and we focus on that throughout the year. It’s a privilege to indeed.”
Mercedes team principal Wolff added: “It’s been a busy winter, it’s obviously going to be our last season with Lewis.
“We intend to bring a very fast car and then to the factory, working hard to deliver the product – and today we will see how it goes.”
After today’s filming, Mercedes will head to pre-season testing in Bahrain next week. The first race of the season is at the circuit on March 2.