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.

Follow today’s F1 test as it happens here.

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108 comments on Mercedes W01 debuts

  1. Jonathan said on 1st February 2010, 10:56

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

  2. 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.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. the livery looks like a dull dirty mclaren

  6. Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  7. wasiF1 said on 1st February 2010, 13:24

    Mercedes like Ferrari have no shark fin

  8. Platine said on 1st February 2010, 14:52

    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

  9. Roger449 said on 1st February 2010, 16:03

    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?

    • 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.

    • SloMo said on 1st February 2010, 18:54

      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.

  10. 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?

  11. John H said on 1st February 2010, 16:48

    Liking the knife edged engine cover/fin.

  12. The Limit said on 1st February 2010, 16:58

    So far the 2010 Mercedes Benz and Ferrari have been the best looking cars so far for me. I like the fact that Renault have returned to the same colours they had years ago, it really catches your attention and is a complete about turn on their old livery. I am disappointed by Williams and Sauber. The 2009 Williams was one of my favourites to look at last year, and the Sauber has just become even uglier than it was before.
    I expect Red Bull, with Adrian Newey’s skills, will probably produce the best looking car. But, as we know, looks don’t win championships do they!

  13. I’m just curious what it was that was needing to be completed from the time they launched last years car several days ago to now, that we are finally able to see the new car. Strangely I like the look of the re-painted last years car although this is not bad. I know its got nothing to do with looks though so I wonder what sort of ingenuiety Ross has incorporated into this years car…

  14. mild7nick said on 1st February 2010, 20:43

    the merc looks clunky especially the engine cover but sure its still quick.

    also, cant the shark fin engine covers be banned on safety grounds or something? they are just so hideous!

    id be interested to hear on here how much the looks of a car matter to people? personally i hate it that the cars have got so ugly in the last year or so

  15. DirkWar said on 1st February 2010, 20:59

    I agree, BAN SHARK FINS! I also hate the ‘red bull nose’ treatment yuk! Perhaps a regulation change to make the flat bottom extend to the nose would help?

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