Valtteri Bottas visits Brixworth, gets first glimpse of Mercedes 2017 F1 engine (VIDEO)

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Valtteri Bottas has continued to embed himself within Mercedes’ Formula 1 operation ahead of the 2017 season by visiting its engine development team at Brixworth.

Bottas joined Mercedes for the 2017 season following Nico Rosberg’s shock decision to retire from F1 after winning the drivers’ championship last year.

The Finn was confirmed as Rosberg’s replacement last month, and has spent much of the past few weeks getting to know everyone in the team so he is fully prepared before pre-season testing later in February.

In the above video, Bottas pays a visit to Mercedes’ engine base at Brixworth to get a glimpse of the 2017 power unit that the team will use to chase a fourth straight set of titles.

While the main Mercedes operation works out of Brackley in England, the team at Brixworth has played an integral part in its recent success in F1, much of which has been down to the might of the power unit used.

A revision to the regulations for the 2017 season will see aerodynamics and tire management be important factors once again, but power unit performance is still expected to be the biggest focus for manufacturers, making the work at Brixworth as crucial as ever.

Bottas will hit the track for the first time as a Mercedes driver during pre-season testing, which begins in Barcelona on February 27.

Dakar Rally video highlights from the concluding Stage 14

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

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CARS

QUADS

 

MOTORCYCLES