The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team unveiled the 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, earlier this week at the Jerez Circuit in Southern Spain.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG.
The new Mercedes F1 W04 has been going through a series of test this week in Jerez, in the hands of Nico and Lewis.
The 2013 Mercedes F1 W04 is an evolution of last year’s car owing to the relatively stable regulations changes from 2012 to 2013.
Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012.
The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The Mercedes F1 W04 also does away with the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small ‘vanity panel’, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. The car completed its final mandatory FIA crash test on 15 January.
Nico Rosberg is stated as having spent a significant amount of time over winter physically preparing for the season, running, climbing, biking and swimming. During this time he has also visited the team at the factory and spent some time on the simulator.
According to Nico Rosberg,“The car seems to be performing well in the virtual world but we have a very busy and intense programme ahead of us during testing to make sure we can deliver that performance on track. The atmosphere in the team is very positive and the people are highly motivated to succeed.”
Lewis Hamilton having recently joined the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is already excited abouit driving for the team. ” I’ve been at the factory for a few days now, getting to know the guys, meeting my mechanics and engineers, learning myself into the team and I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one. They have been flat out this winter trying to pack more performance into the new car and I can’t wait to drive it and see where I can make a difference to help push the team forward with Nico.”
Well with only a few weeks left before the start of the season, we are already anticipating a very interesting season ahead.