Lewis Hamilton labeled his new Silver Arrows ‘incredible’ after sampling the new W08 during a brief shakedown at Silverstone before the machine’s official unveil.

“It felt incredible,” Hamilton enthused

“Yesterday was the first time seeing the car come together, it’s the most detailed piece of machinery I’ve seen so far in Formula One.

“The car feels almost identical to last year’s car in terms of the ergonomics. But you’ve just got this bigger, more powerful beast around you.”

“It is so exciting to see this thing come together. From working in the windtunnel, then they have this jig which is into real carbon fibre, you see it all come together, do the seat fitting over the winter and in the last few days seeing it all appearing, somehow they all just slot in perfectly.

“Driving today, naturally the car feels wider, which it is, and the front tyres feel huge. There is quite a lot of grip already even in the cold conditions here.

“This is not a test, really the laps I did today were behind a vehicle to get filming in and just a shakedown. I got to go a little bit faster but it’s so gusty and it is wet.”

Team mate Valtteri Bottas will also have the opportunity to drive the W08 later today.

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