Mercedes’ radical new airbox and more pictures from Thursday in Spain

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes' new split air intake
Mercedes' new split air intake

Mercedes’ revised W01 includes a radical new airbox which sees the conventional single intake replaced with two separate holes on either side of the car.

See below for more pictures of the design along with Virgin’s new engine cover and more pictures from pre-race preparation at the Circuit de Catalunya.

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  1. Catalina ;)
    6th May 2010, 20:40

    hope it works for Mercedes ;)


    Well I guess this picture answers my question. seems like they are only running the opening on one side.

  3. I hope for the sake of Michael’s neck that the crash structure on the new Mercedes air intake is as robust as the traditional design.

  4. So Ferrari have removed the barcode? ***. What was Montezemolo on about then… He got up on his high horse and then decided not to ride?

  5. I have to say I’m surprised the Mercedes looks hardly changed.

    Sure, the airbox intake is moved back, but other than that it’s pretty much the same as it was when the car was introduced:

  6. That McLaren front wing is a piece of art. The Ferrari front wing looks nice too. More minimalistic.

    BTW Why didn’t you bring a real camera Keith? Although I also have to admit these pictures look extremely good for a camera phone.

    1. I did, but the camera didn’t work. Infuriatingly, now that I’ve tried it again it’s working fine. Fortunately I had my phone with me as a back-up.

      1. Ha, ha, that’s Murphy’s law for ya :)

  7. It looks like they planned this for a while I could never figure out exactly why the airbox was split in the first place. Now I know why. Excuse my amauterish description but it almost looks like they removed part of the airbox there. I suppose this could be due to good temperature readings so far in the season from the engine that allows a bit more sacrifice to be made in terms of cooling it for more aero efficiency in return or Mercedes using their risky in terms of reliability wild card to put themselves further ahead at this point in the season.

    It amuses me how different the ferrari one looks now in comparisson.

  8. They can use a nuclear engine and still won’t win the race. I sense Alonso will be very strong here, but he will need at least 3rd place in Q to win.

    1. Alonso may be strong but the Ferrari engine is the biggest concern, I still believe that Red Bull won’t disappoint us this weekend.

  9. Still not sure how ill the new modification will help Mercedes to get more grip. But as some people have pointed out that it may help to allow more air through the rear wing which will increase more rear end grip the thing that was missing so far from Mercedes.& when Ross is working be sure that that thing is not there only for the show.

  10. The Mercedes airbox(es) will soon look like this:

    The 1989 roll hoops put current concerns into perspective.

  11. MouseNightshirt
    7th May 2010, 3:50

    Has anyone noticed the front wing cameras on the Mercedes are in a very interesting place?

  12. The Air box looks all right, not nearly as bad as the Billboards.

    The new style end plates are in the shape of wing sections, meaning they are creating force in a horizontal direction.

  13. The Mercedes airbox makes me wonder if Schumi and Rosberg will have different shaped helmets to help divert the airflow.

  14. lotus new revised front wing

  15. I like it, and if it works, it will be a radical departure of what we normally see, and as usual Brawn’s guys re-writing the rules in terms of how F1 cars are evolving in terms of looks, and function of course…

    on the technical side i think it will work, if the 2 ducts can feed enough air to the engine, and they’ve got their sidepods feeding enough air for cooling, then why compromise with drag… that way you get less drag.. .NO?

  16. The front wings of all teams are getting ever so complicated

  17. Mercedes new airbox looks sensational and innovative but will it do the business… I will be eager to see. I’m also intrigued to see that Mercedes don’t appear to be going down the F-duct route…

  18. What is that “Make Roads Safe” in small letters on the leading edge of McLaren’s front wing for?

    It should say, “If you can read this, you are about to die in 0.1 seconds”.

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