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Rosberg will be first behind the wheel of 2015 Mercedes W06

Mercedes has confirmed reports it will reveal its title-defending 2015 car on the first day of official winter testing.

Indeed, Mercedes announced on Monday that the W06 will be “revealed before running commences on the opening day of winter testing in Jerez” on 1 February.

Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg will be first behind the wheel of the W06 car on February 1.

Defending world champion Hamilton gets his first experience of the car he hopes will carry him to a third title on day two and four of the Jerez test.

With his team already favourites for back-to-back title victories, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff said: “The workload this winter has been as great as ever.

“Where last year we were preparing for an all-new formula of racing, we are now faced with the big challenge of making the next step in our development.

“We know that we went into the winter with a target on our backs for the other teams, and we are certain that our rivals will be competitive from the opening race in Melbourne (Australian Grand Prix on March 15).

“So we have to focus on every detail if we want to build any advantage this year, and that is what we have done.

“This is an exciting time of year as our collective efforts all come together in the new car.

“Everybody in Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart has put a great amount of effort into creating the latest Silver Arrow and I thank them for their efforts so far.

“We are excited to see how the car performs when it begins running.”


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