Mercedes are busy playing their pre-season games once again, as they’ve teased their fans with a blurred photo of what appears to be the W15.
The Silver Arrows are hard at work preparing for the 2024 Formula 1 season, with the launch of their new car being just two weeks’ away.
It appears that Lewis Hamilton has had the opportunity to actually sit in his new cockpit, based on an image posted by Mercedes onto social media.
Mercedes posted a image of Hamilton climbing into a very blurred and pixelated Mercedes, making fans believe that the seven-time World Champion was getting into the W15.
Along with the image and a winking emoji, the Brackley-based side wrote: “Nothing to see here.”
2024 will be a key year for Mercedes, as it will be Lewis Hamilton’s final season at the team, as he will join Ferrari in 2025.
The W15 is set to be launched by Mercedes on February 14, with many eyes set to be on their new concept.
In an attempt to take the fight to Red Bull, Mercedes has decided to start from scratch for this year, as their previous two concepts failed miserably.
Mercedes are no longer the dominant force they once were, with the current aerodynamic regulations having been a nightmare for them.
Since the current regulations were introduced at the start of 2022, the Germans have won just one race, courtesy of George Russell at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Not a single victory was claimed by Mercedes last year, whilst Hamilton hasn’t won a race since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
There is a lot of pressure on the German manufacturer to get it right this year, especially as they are now on the search for a new driver.
In an astonishing development, Hamilton is moving to Ferrari for 2025 to replace Carlos Sainz, meaning a seat is available at Mercedes.
Mercedes will want to sign the very best but to do so, they’ll need to prove that they have a competitive package in 2024.
Another campaign without a victory just cannot happen, especially as McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin are all expected to be competitive.
Only time will tell if Mercedes has finally cracked the code on their third attempt in the current regs.