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”

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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…..

    1. Looks like a pig’s snout from head-on.

  6. Prisoner Monkeys
    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.

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

      1. Prisoner Monkeys
        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 …

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

    2. 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.

  7. 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?

    1. Possible it’s for cooling the fuel, depending on where they’ve put the tanks.

  8. 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.

    1. Who else has the engine cover extended to the rear wing otehr than mclaren?

  9. Any pictures of today’s version of the Renault?

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      1st February 2010, 10:57

      Front wing:

      Rear wing and diffuser:


      Very odd that they added half a dozen extra parts overnight. Still, I like it.

      1. Better, anyways.

      2. The rear wing is the most ridiculous thing I’ve seen in years… I didn’t even know it was legal to triple mount it.

  10. CounterStrike
    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.

    1. 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.

  11. Other than the nose cone, the rest of the car looks pretty much the same as BGP-001.

  12. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:13.552 (20 vueltas)
    Gary Paffett (McLaren) 1:14.018 (21 vueltas)
    Pedro Martínez de la Rosa (BMW Sauber) 1:14.898 (9 vueltas)
    Robert Kubica (Renault) 1:15.298 (20 vueltas)
    Rubens Barrichello (Williams) 1:15.660 (26 vueltas)
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) 1:18.228 (15 vueltas)
    Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) 1:26.395 (5 vueltas

    This were the times at valencia at 12:30 local time.
    The ferrari of massa going even faster with a 1:13:599, the ferrari seems good out of the box.

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      1st February 2010, 11:48

      These early laps don’t count for much. They’re still five seconds off the pace of the lap record, and then there’s sandbagging to take into consideration. I don’t think we’ll have a really serious idea of who is where until at elast the first test at Jerez – and even then, that won’t be factoring in the teams that are only just beginning.

  13. sorry for the mistake. His best time so far 1:13:552

  14. Mclarens definitly gone with more agressive aero and reduced sidepod intakes compared to Merc. It’ll be interesting to see how the McLaren handles the heat in Bahrain , Melbourne and KL.

  15. the livery looks like a dull dirty mclaren

  16. Prisoner Monkeys
    1st February 2010, 12:00

    McLaren have apparently taken out a super-injunction against the photographers to prevent any photos of their diffuser being published.

    1. No thats all teams.

    2. Court injunctions don’t work. Just ask John Terry!!

      (John Terry is an English footballer who had an affair and tried (and failed) to cover it up in the courts…)

      1. *allegedly* had an affair, you don’t want to get Keith in trouble.

  17. Mercedes like Ferrari have no shark fin

    1. There nose is lower but it looks like 2009 Red Bull,wondering what will Red Bull look like?

  18. The 2010 Constructors champions

    Worrying for McLaren that their nose is so flat and lacking gradient, if RB has a different design id worry.

    Schumis helmet is cool

  19. Hey is it just me or is every one is bashing the teams for the red bull nose arch? No one said any thing when other teams copied the DD or the fatter nose or the front wing of the BGP 001 last year? But a raised nose with a kink and people are saying every one has a red bull?

    1. i suppose its because the kink on the red bulls nose was the first time anything like that had been done. it is their distinct trademark and its uniqueness seperates from all past ideas.

    2. I don’t know why everyone is surprised about every team copying the red bull nose arch. I remember last year reading about the fact that it kept airflow over the top and bottom of the nose separate and it was probably going to be almost standard on the cars from now on.

  20. Surely the higher noses will help channel more air under the car to the diffuser which is where most of the grip comes from.

    Also, mercedes have much bigger air intakes than the mclaren to provide cooling to the same engine; the intake above the cockpit in particular looks like a bold statement that that engine needs all the air it can get. I know merc engines are normally the most reliable, but with the new regulations, heavier and larger cars, have mercedes kept something from mclaren?

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