Lewis Hamilton gets the keys to a ‘beautiful’ new car

Lewis Hamilton has been given the keys to a new car that he describes as looking "beautiful".

Hamilton, who has just turned 24, didn’t choose the car on a showroom forecourt like most British drivers; the ultra-modern vehicle will be his new place of work for the forthcoming Grand Prix season.

The McLaren driver and his Finnish team-mate Heikki Kovalainen unveiled the new Mercedes-powered MP4-24 at the team’s Surrey HQ, allowing it to be compared to the new machines that Ferrari and Toyota revealed earlier this week.

Hamilton said: "The car looks beautiful and it’s great to see the final outcome.

"This season will be a whole new challenge for everyone, including me, because of the rule changes."

The car’s design is a reflection of the rule changes which will see the return of slick tyres, aerodynamic changes endorsed by the Overtaking Working Group and a new compulsory kinetic energy recovery system.

Commenting on the development of the new car, Heikki Kovalainen said: "I’ve been amazed at just how hard everybody in Woking, Brixworth and Stuttgart has worked."

Written by James Christie

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