Mercedes W05: First pictures

2014 F1 cars

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014

The Mercedes W05 has broken cover – here are the first pictures of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s car for 2014.

Executive director of business Toto Wolff said car and its new V6 turbo engine was “the result of several years of intense effort”.

“But we know that the adventure has only just begun. We have a busy winter testing period ahead of us and a long season where both performance and reliability will be critically important.”

Paddy Lowe, the team’s executive director of technical, said the new engines represent “the biggest change in packaging in Formula One for many years”.

“There is a lot more equipment to cool: more hybrid systems plus the intercooler for the charge air from the turbocharger. That has both a packaging and an aerodynamic dimension.”

“With the introduction of a turbocharger, managing the heat around the exhaust system is important for both car integrity and also for performance,” he added. “If losses can be minimised in the primaries between the engine block and turbo, that is energy that can be recovered and used for car performance.”

Weight is also a significant concern, as Lowe explained. “Although the minimum weight has been raised to 691kg, it is far more difficult to achieve than last year’s target because of the extra equipment in the power unit and its associated systems, plus the cooling demand and the new, heavier side impact structures prescribed by the FIA.”

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78 comments on Mercedes W05: First pictures

  1. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 28th January 2014, 8:20

    That’s the closest thing to a pretty car we’re getting this year. Kudoz Mercedes.

  2. Archimedas (@archimedas) said on 28th January 2014, 8:28

    How come is the nose so short (only up to halfway through the FW) ?

  3. The Blade Runner (@thebladerunner) said on 28th January 2014, 8:45

    To be fair, aesthetically the best car yet.

    It will be interesting to see who is right when it comes to nose design. We could see all of the cars sporting a nose like Mercedes’ within a few weeks. Alternatively, they could all end up with a “strap on” like the Force India.

  4. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 28th January 2014, 8:57

    It’s the least ridiculous one so far. Still a bit awkward with the wide nose, like the Brawn was, and it looks like they found some left-over bunny ears in an old Honda box.

    I hope these two are up the front so you can’t see the noses of all the other cars.

  5. Thank goodness. It’s beautiful in comparison to all others so far!

  6. The most complicated front wing ever…

  7. Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 28th January 2014, 9:42

    Now this, Ferrari, is how you pull off the vacuum cleaner look nose.

  8. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 28th January 2014, 9:44

    Great car . Looker . Now , just please end up being the fastest . fingers-crossed.

  9. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 28th January 2014, 9:48

    How much are we betting that this car is one of the most expensive ever designed? Mercedes better perform…

  10. For me definitely the prettiest car, but time will tell whether such tight bodywork in the coke bottle area is a good idea this year – cooling must be a concern for all the teams, especially with all the additional electrickery for the ERS systems.

  11. sumedh said on 28th January 2014, 10:13

    Great looks.

    But how come the nose ends before the front wing ends? Have they done that by extending the front wing forward? But that is illegal, right?

  12. Alan (@dogmop) said on 28th January 2014, 10:46

    Looks like the car numbers are as prominent as ever this year… Is there even a number on that car?

  13. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 28th January 2014, 11:03

    It is a lovely car aesthetics-wise, and the livery looks brilliant with the black and the Petronas silvery turquoise.

    This is probably the best-looking one so far, ahead of McLaren in 2nd. Now it’s just got to go fast!

  14. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 28th January 2014, 11:14

    I dare say that car was what the rule makers envisioned when they came up with the 2014 regs. It’s nice to see a car made in the spirit of the rules. It’s pretty good-looking, too.

  15. Michael Brown (@) said on 28th January 2014, 11:42

    Looks fantastic. But will it be fast?

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