Mercedes shake down W05 at Silverstone

2014 F1 season

Mercedes, Interlagos, 2013Mercedes have run their 2014 F1 car for the first time at Silverstone today.

Nico Rosberg put the first laps on the W05, which is powered by Mercedes’ PU106A V6 turbo hybrid engine.

Rosberg took the car out on track for the first time shortly after 2pm and completed 40 kilometres of running before the test concluded at 4:30pm.

“Such a great feeling,” Rosberg wrote on Twitter. “Just drove my new silver arrow for the first time. It looks quick, but I don’t know if it is quick yet!”

Mercedes are yet to publicly reveal the car, which is set to be shown for the first time on the opening day of the Jerez test on Tuesday.

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39 comments on Mercedes shake down W05 at Silverstone

  1. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 24th January 2014, 17:45

    Mercedes’ PU106A V6 turbo hybrid

    They couldn’t make the shorter could they?

    For the rest it is good to see they have gotten the shakedown done and over with before Jerez.

  2. Is this legal?

  3. Boomerang said on 24th January 2014, 17:58

    Regardin’ the reliability concerns I wonder how they did it? 40km wow! Nothin’ exploded? Wow

  4. prelvu said on 24th January 2014, 18:00

    I thought the testing was restricted YET AGAIN Mercedes doing another One.

    • Roald (@roald) said on 24th January 2014, 18:12

      Shakedowns are perfectly legal, Torro Rosso and Force India have already done theirs too.

      We need a video now!

    • Any team can do up to 100km of ‘promo running’ per year. They have to use demonstration tyres.

    • Go home.

      Shakedowns have always been legal.

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 24th January 2014, 22:35

        A shakedown isn’t a test, it’s a umm err, well it’s something different, right?

        • Michael Brown said on 24th January 2014, 23:19

          In a shakedown, they start the car for the first time and drive it around to make sure everything is functional.

        • I presume that you are being flippant for the sake of raising a laugh – the regulations state that teams are permitted up to 100km of restricted speed testing for system checks (checking electronic systems, gearbox and engine functions and so forth).
          Given that Toro Rosso and Force India have also carried out similar runs today and the fact that teams have been carrying out such runs for several years – in fact, Force India and Toro Rosso actually held their launch presentations at the track during their shakedown runs last year – the only surprise is that most nobody seems to realise that it is standard practise.

  5. spoutnik (@spoutnik) said on 24th January 2014, 18:13

    … And not a single picture of it? Arf :)

  6. JP (@jonathanproc) said on 24th January 2014, 19:18

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkMh_PCfWTo

    Sounds good. Nothing can really be made out of the car though, but that’s to be expected.

  7. Joshua Mesh (@joshua-mesh) said on 24th January 2014, 19:43

    How do they manage such a test without anyone snapping a spy shot?

  8. As above Shakedowns are perfectly normal. They are just to check everything works together before proper testing. To make sure the sensors work as well. No point going all the way to Jerez to find it categorically fails or something needs a tweak that would write off the whole weekend but can be fixed quickly.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 24th January 2014, 22:39

      @timpey, you could say the same about airflow over a new front wing. Would that also be legal? If so I seem to have misunderstood the “Testing Ban”

      • Firstly, the teams are speed restricted during those tests – the maximum speed is, IIRC, 100km/h (i.e. they usually drive around with the pit lane speed limiter on), which is of limited use for aero correlation work. On top of that, most shakedown tests take place at short circuits – aero correlation runs normally take place at constant speed in a straight line, as it is much more difficult to interpret the data if the cars are yawing and pitching throughout the run.
        Secondly, the FIA sends a representative to ensure that the teams cannot fit equipment that could be used for other purposes – you cannot hide the pitot tube arrays or flo-viz paint that teams would normally use for aero correlation runs that easily.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 25th January 2014, 16:39

          Thanks Anon, nice to hear from someone who seems to know the facts rather than someone who just has an opinion.

          PS. I am often guilty of being in the second category.

  9. PeterG said on 24th January 2014, 20:05

    I like the new sound,

    Despite all the doom & gloom of the nay-sayers, new V6 Turbo’s still sound like a proper race engine.

    All the vacuum cleaner joked should now be put to bed for good.

  10. Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 25th January 2014, 23:24

    So is it a boy, a girl or a domestic appliance?

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