Mercedes releases images of new W07 F1 car

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Mercedes has released the first images of its new F1 car, the W07 Hybrid, which Lewis Hamilton will use to defend his title this year.

The team leaked some images of the car during a filming day on Friday at Silverstone, but the new images show more clearly the changes it has made for 2016. The reigning world champions have left the front of the car relatively untouched for the launch of the car, but the rear features tighter bodywork around the power unit and a significantly larger airbox intake.

The team's technical boss Paddy Lowe said most of the changes were under the car's skin, with "quite a lot of mini revolutions that make up an overall evolution for the new season".

The W07 Hybrid is due to hit the track again on Monday but has already clocked up 98.2km at Friday's filming day.