Mercedes has become the second team to reveal the launch date of its 2017 car, with its unveil taking place at Silverstone on February 23.
The reigning world champion outfit will pull the covers off its W08 a day before rival Ferrari runs its car for the first time at Fiorano.
With all-new regulations coming for 2017, teams are eager to complete shakedowns to iron out any early trouble prior to official pre-season testing beginning at Barcelona in Spain on February 27.
The team will use a filming day to run the car at the British track for the first time.
Although Mercedes is pushing on hard with its car, it has yet to finalise its driver line-up – as discussions continue between itself and Williams about a potential deal for Valtteri Bottas to replace Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton's teammate.
Mercedes has also opened up a competition for fans to attend the launch event
2017 PRE-SEASON TESTING SCHEDULE
February 27-March 2
Testing for the 2017 Formula 1 season is set to begin on February 27, Autosport has learned.
There will be two tests, each running for four days, with a final decision on the location yet to be made.
Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya is believed to be the frontrunner to host the two tests.
The first test will run from February 27 to March 2, with the second to follow from March 7-10.
Discussions took place with regards returning to a format of three pre-season tests, especially given the change in the technical regulations for 2017.
But while a few teams were in favour, it was ultimately decided the extra test was not necessary.
The majority of teams prefer having the extra time to focus on development, particularly with the aerodynamic rules changes, and are comfortable with eight days.
Tyre supplier Pirelli has already begun testing ahead of the 2017 rule changes, with the likes of Ferrari (pictured above) conducting tests of the company's new larger tyres using 2015 cars with modified aerodynamics.