Mercedes W01 debuts

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.

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108 comments on Mercedes W01 debuts

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

  2. sumedh said on 1st February 2010, 8:58

    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!!!

  3. Myles Woerner said on 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.

  4. GeeMac said on 1st February 2010, 9:07

    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!

    • Adrian said on 1st February 2010, 9:56

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

  5. m0tion said on 1st February 2010, 9:07

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

  6. Michael Schumacher Retains “Ferrari” helmet at Mercedes.Check out the helmet design:

  7. three4three said on 1st February 2010, 9:25

    Not a bad looking car but I don’t like the nose, looks bent. And their livery isn’t very exciting either. I look forward to some high res shots to better analyse.

  8. Salty said on 1st February 2010, 9:34

    Would have thought a Roman nose would be better suited on an Italian car. Seem to have a dorsal rather than full on shark fin. Viva la difference!

  9. it’s interesting to see that the “mini black aero-foil-liked wing” on the W01 is at a higher place at the nose of the car, unlike design of McLaren and Ferrari that the ‘mini-wing’ is just right above the front wing

  10. Mad top air intake. Triangular, larger than what we’ve seen before, and two side slit intakes. And yet they don’t seem to have shrunk the sidepod intakes as small as the McLarens…..

  11. Prisoner Monkeys said on 1st February 2010, 10:01

    I think the W01 really demonstrates what I like about the launch season: all the cars look different in profile. I was initially afraid that developers would simply copy what other cars – primarily the Red Bull RB5 – had done and we’d start 2010 with thirteen cars that all looked the same.

    But that hasn’t been the case. All of the designs so far have been pretty unique. The Mercedes might have the Red Bull V-nose design, but it’s also got the innovative, organic-looking airbox and the sharp fin out the back. The McLaren is pretty radical-looking, while the Sauber has the high nose and a wing that is connected further back than anyone else.

    Pretty much every car is unique, with more to tell them apart than just the livery. And that’s the way it should be.

    • ajokay said on 1st February 2010, 10:09

      And the Renault still looks like it ate all the pies.

      • Prisoner Monkeys said on 1st February 2010, 10:19

        Actually, the Renault has been spotted today with a few new attachments, noably the front and rear wings, and new rearview mirrors. They seemed to focus on the sidepods when developing the R29; my suspicion is that they’re happy with them and used the last few races to try a few design ideas out.

        All they need to do is lose the bumblebee livery on the rear wing and get some sponsors in there. Because like Ferrari with the Mlboro barcode, they do look a little like a GP2 team …

      • Bullfrog said on 1st February 2010, 10:55

        So does Ross Brawn! Is he on the Norbert Haug diet?

    • Formula 1 said on 1st February 2010, 13:43

      Ok Bernie. And there isn’t a chassis that looks like the red bull so far. The only one is obviously toro rosso which may have tipped us off for red bulls 2010 design, since they are associated. What is with everyone and red bull? We can’t even debut a chassis without people referring to the red bull design of 2009 it’s ridiculous.

  12. MuzzleFlash said on 1st February 2010, 10:01

    Anyone know what the little side intakes are for just in front of the Mercedes emblem on the side of the engine cover? Would they be for the oil radiator if it’s been moved back towards the gearbox? Or would it be feasible these could run down to the diffuser?

  13. Spencer said on 1st February 2010, 10:15

    Sat track side at Valencia. The Merc looks average compared to the mclaren. Interesting to see the shark fin connected to the rear spoiler has been adopted by a few.

  14. Maciek said on 1st February 2010, 10:42

    Any pictures of today’s version of the Renault?

  15. CounterStrike said on 1st February 2010, 10:47

    Man, it looks pretty uninspiring. McLaren seems the only team to have come up with something truly extraordinary.

    May the sweet lord be with Nico.

    • Maciek said on 1st February 2010, 10:53

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but a little objectivity is nice sometimes, too. Brawn/Mercedes already had a winning car last year, so they didn’t need to revolutionize, just evolve. McLaren had no choice but to start clean – though I will agree that their design is the most “muscular” so far.

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