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Lewis Hamilton 'not feeling any pressure' as Mercedes unveil new car

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The British driver is this year bidding to equal Michael Schumacher's record.
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Lewis Hamilton has unveiled the new Mercedes he hopes will fire him to a record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship.

The 35-year-old British driver will be given the first taste of his new machinery during a shakedown test at Silverstone on Friday afternoon.

Hamilton is this year bidding to match Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles. He is also just seven victories shy of the German's all-time win record of 91.

"At this time of the year you don't really feel any pressure," said Hamilton.

"You are focused but it is about enjoying the moment.

"The guys have worked so hard to put the car together and there are only two of us, Valtteri (Bottas) and I, who get to drive it.

"It is pretty incredible, and we get to stretch its wings today. It is a real privilege to be in this position."

Hamilton returned to the Mercedes factory in Northamptonshire for the first time this year on Tuesday having spent much of the off-season in America.

He has entered the final 12 months of his £40million-a-year deal, but is in early negotiations with Mercedes over a contract extension to stay at the team.

Hamilton has been linked with a switch to Ferrari, but the Italian giants distanced themselves from a move for the six-time world champion at their car launch in Italy on Tuesday.

"This is my eighth year driving for Mercedes, and the buzz is the same," added Hamilton of the team that has won the past six drivers' and constructors' championships.

"They couldn't be more excited, more enthusiastic, or more driven.

"That is the most impressive thing. It could be easy for them to be laid back today but they aren't."

Hamilton will be in action at next week's three-day winter test in Barcelona before he opens his championship defence in Melbourne on March 15.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool26251061154676
2Manchester CityMan City26173667293854
3Leicester CityLeicester26155654262850
4Chelsea2612594336741
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs2611784334940
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2610972824439
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd2610883829938
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2681263532336
9Everton26106103438-436
10Arsenal2671363634234
11Burnley26104123039-934
12Southampton2694133248-1631
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2687112440-1631
14Crystal Palace2679102332-930
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2669113138-727
16Bournemouth2675142640-1426
17Aston Villa2674153450-1625
18West Ham UnitedWest Ham2666143045-1524
19Watford2659122440-1624
20Norwich CityNorwich2646162448-2418
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