Mercedes W01 debuts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The new Mercedes W01 has appeared for the first time as test for the 2010 F1 season begins at Valencia.

Here is the first picture of the W01 which will be driven by Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg in 2010:

The first photo indicates the W01 has a high nose similar to that seen on last year’s Red Bull as well as the Ferrari F10.

Follow today’s F1 test as it happens here.

2010 F1 car launches

Images (C) Mercedes

108 comments on “Mercedes W01 debuts”

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  1. STRFerrari4Ever
    1st February 2010, 8:01

    Need more pictures to properly analyse this car but looks good so far.

    1. already see illegal exhaust…

  2. Even they have gone for red bull type nose….they need not have

    1. Is that your years of experience in F1 aerodynamics design telling you what they should or shouldn’t do?

      1. Close, it’s a clueless person telling them what they should or shouldn’t do. Everyone looks like a RedBull this year because the Red Bull aero has a much larger area for development than Brawn last year (according to Brundle, Windsor, Allen).

        1. why r u getting sentimental.
          If Brawn could beat Red bull without their kind of nose, they could have beaten them this year too. And moreover the car is a absolute disaster.
          And did u suggest Merc to go for Red Bull type nose. Its a blog and everyone has a right to write what he thinks.

          1. I’m not sure you understand the meaning of sentimental, Gill.

            “If Brawn could beat Red bull without their kind of nose, they could have beaten them this year too”

            Well, they were only beating them clearly before RedBull adapted the double diffuser – and you sure do have the right to say what you think, but then everyone has the right to point out comments that miss the mark, too.

          2. Well in 2008 Red Bull introduced the shark fin (I think it was them), and many other teams copied it including Ferrari. They were beating Red Bull that year, so why did they need to put it on the car? Because it would make it just a little bit faster.

            Teams copy each other, even the teams that aren’t doing as well as them. It has been like that for decades.

          3. The mercedes nose looks nothing like the red bull nose. I don’t know why everyone is mentioning Red bull with every freakin chassis debuted.

    2. Knew it- they’ve got a low nose and the full RB5 kink. Everyone else so far has a high nose, and no (or very subtle) nose ridges. Since Brawn had the best DD last year, they should know what works.

      My money’s on Mercedes this year.

    3. Maybe the only non Red Bull look alike will be the new Red Bull. This looks like everybody fighting last year’s war or what…

    1. It’s a Red Bull nose, but it still has the Brawn ‘stoop’ that the BGP001 had, rather than the high and pointy nose the other teams seem to have gone for this year.

      1. I personally find the droopy adaptation of the Red bull style nose to be quite off-putting.

  3. You’ve got a scoop, there, Keith., Pitpass et al don’t have it yet. Thumbs up!

    1. Another scoop that you can only see at f1fanatic. Not at jamesallen page. Sorry mate.
      Follow the f1 tests at valencia, jerez and barcelona live. Only in spanish though.

  4. That front wing is awesome… and heh… a mix of brawn low nose and red bull’s v nose…nicee

  5. Heard they just rolled it out and in. They don’t make a song and dance about things do they :P
    The livery kind of looks like an odd dusty version of the Sauber C29 from yesterday which a splash of turquoise.

    1. Mercedes made the song and dance when they launched the livery last week.

      1. True but even that wasn’t much of a song and dance. I was hoping they would have a massive announcement proclaiming ‘we are here’ bringing Schumi out and play dramatic music :P not just roll in, roll out. Everyone does say F1 is a circus these days… :P

    2. probably the biggest song and dance of the year last week!
      sauber looks better btw. ;)

      1. u r kidding..yer?!?!?

        Both this and the sudeo bmw is freaking been hit with the ugly stick…

        Toro looks very nice as does the Williams…the rest are not even close.

  6. The car surely doesnt look good.. Its toooo plane jane.
    It might be fat but dont stand against F10, MP4-25 and R30

    1. Gill, could you just tell us now who is going to win the championship, and save us all the bother of watching, o wise one…


    1. omg, what a beast, awesome

    2. woah, look at the wide, double air intake above the cockpit!

      1. Nico has changed his helmet to half-match the corperate colours. The blue is now silver (grey)…


    3. Schumacher looks mighty old with those spectacles!!!

    4. Best livery + best car design = best to look at.

  7. That looks like a pointy wee fin there too…

  8. Hey Keith,

    You are too fast…

    Looks like two patterns are emerging from the launches, small shallow nose and longer sidepods for ferrari & Merc

    Or sharkfins coupled with wider nose and shorter sidepods Macca, Sauber, Renault

    It must be to do with the way people have interpreted the DD rules this year. Very clear patterns

    Williams seem somewhere in between which doesn’t really bode well.

  9. Prisoner Monkeys
    1st February 2010, 8:24

    First reaction: someone should tell Mercedes that their nose is broken. The downward-pointing nose just doesn’t look right. And that front wing looks bloody heavy … couldn’t they make a less-chunky verion?

    1. I disagree entirely. I’d say its at least the 2nd best looking car.

      1. Prisoner Monkeys
        1st February 2010, 8:37

        I didn’t say it looked bad, just that it didn’t look right. It’s that high angle that makes things look hinky. It’s not s bad from the ground level. However, the front wing looks very heavy and would be more-suited to a combine harvester.

        1. I think the shape of the nose section makes it look like the wing is weighing it down a lot, especially when we’re used to seeing straight noses like the Sauber.

          1. When you consider that the noses on F1 cars are usually loaded with ballast, it doesn’t really matter if it ‘looks’ heavy as long as it works.

        2. It looks fine.

    2. CounterStrike
      1st February 2010, 10:59

      I agree PM. Looks like its had a failed erection or something.

  10. My initial impression is that I like it. I tend to prefer lower noses anyway, although I am undecided about the Red Bull style horns, at least it hasnít got a shark fin engine cover which is a good thing in my book.

    When the livery was launched I didnít notice the yellow and black wing mirrors, for me they donít fit in with the rest of the livery, apart from that I think I will have to wait to see how the livery looks on the track to make a final judgement.

    1. Yea I couldn’t tell if this was a red bull chassis because they look so similar

  11. HounslowBusGarage
    1st February 2010, 8:46

    The bodywork looks very undercut below the air intake. I haven’t noticed that effect on any other cars – is that right?

  12. Some silver instead of blue on Nico Rosberg’s helmet, apparently. Interesting.

  13. I also like lower noses. It seems like Brawn is the only one who designs them like that these days?

  14. I still really don’t like the livery. Hope it looks better on telly.

  15. I think the nose is slightly higher than that of the BGP01’s. Not as high as Ferrari’s, but pretty high.

    The front wing endplate looks extremely simple. And that air-intake above the cockpit is just awesome!!!

  16. Myles Woerner
    1st February 2010, 8:59

    Now that everyone seems to copying the last year’s Red Bull, I can’t wait to see what Newey has come up with.

    1. Nobody is copying anything from red bull.

  17. I quite like it. Mercedes haven’t followed the shark fin trend, which is a big plus in my book. They may be an effective solution, but they look ridiculous. And I actually quite like the livery, don’t think it’s as bad as everyone is making out.

    Anyone noticed the manly turquoise gloves the mechanic at the car’s right rear is wearing? Classy!

    1. Totally agree, I wish they’d banned the stupid shark fins along with the equally hideous wheel covers…

  18. there’s alot of air running under that nose and being sucked in

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