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      Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport complete first week of preseason testing


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      The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is creeping closer after Formula One’s first four days of preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain came to a close.

      Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas clocked more than 600 laps in the new W10 throughout the week.

      “The first week of testing was really good for us in terms of reliability, we got a lot of mileage in with the new car and didn’t experience any major issues,” Bottas said. “Today we did some shorter runs, seeing how the W10 works when you try to extract a little bit more performance out of it. We’ve been making progress throughout the entire week, the car felt better every single day. We’re now looking forward to next week when we will hopefully make even more progress. Many thanks to the entire team, it was a good first test. Now we’re all hungry to improve even more in the second test.”

      “In general, the car was feeling better today and is coming together,” Hamilton said after completing 58 laps on Day 4. “However, we still have to keep on digging deep, analyzing the data and the changes that we are making. The reliability has been really solid which is a great showing of all the hard work that everyone in the factory has done. But we have to keep on pushing, the competition looks very strong. The weather has been good all week so we could get through our program and it was great to see the fans out there. I’m looking forward to coming back next week.”

      The second preseason session runs from February 26 through March 1, marking the final testing days to prepare for the season opener on March 17 in Melbourne.