As the new year settles in, F1 teams are busy revealing snippets of information to wake the fans up ahead of the 2017 Championship season and Mercedes are no exception with the latest announcement that they have teamed up with OMP Racing in a new Team Supplier agreement.

OMP, a world leading Italian company in the design and production of motorsport safety equipment, will provide their new generation safety harnesses for the team's Silver Arrows race cars, to be driven this year by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

"We are delighted to be working with OMP Racing and to have the opportunity to use their class-leading safety harnesses in our Silver Arrows cars,” said team boss Toto Wolff.

“It goes without saying that the safety of our drivers is our highest priority and the level of expertise and attention to detail which OMP put into their products is extremely reassuring. We look forward to working closely with them and to further benefiting from the development of their safety products and technologies."

Recognisable by their unique black and white design, the next generation safety harnesses are the result of years of design and development expertise at OMP, and have recently been improved in line with the new FIA safety regulations for 2017, increasing the minimum impact resistance required. The high-quality fibre increases performance, making them lighter (45% less weight compared to carbon fibre) and more resistant (50% improvement on resistance/weight ratio).