For 2017 F1 cars front wings and rear wings increased in width, while the rear diffuser became longer and a number of new aero elements (such as the shark fin and T-wing) featured. The size of the tyres also increased by around 25%, creating more mechanical grip, while teams were restricted to just four Power Units across the course of the season – down from five engines, in 2016. The Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ was designed and developed under the direction of Paddy Lowe, Aldo Costa, Geoff Willis, Loïc Serra, Russell Cooley, John Owen, Mike Elliott and Jarrod Murphy. The car was driven by three-time World Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton, who remained with the team for a fifth season, and Valtteri Bottas, who joined the team after 2016 World Champion Nico Rosberg’s retirement from the sport. Lewis Hamilton drove this car to his fourth Driver’s Championship, scoring nine victories during the season. Valtteri Bottas took three wins and was 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship behind Hamilton and Vettel in Ferrari.
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