Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W05, Jerez, 2014

Mercedes W05: First pictures

2014 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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”

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  1. OK, I love the car. It looks brilliant and I hope it runs well.

    My questions:
    How are they getting away with such tiny air intakes for the larger cooling needs this year?!?

    Will that nose get enough airflow “under the car” for performance.

    Will they get away with the camera mounts being used as aero devices?

  2. well it certainly looks fast, interesting that ferrari and mercedes have had a similar philiosophy on the nose

  3. good luck distinguishing it and the mclaren on track

  4. When I look at the Mercedes W05 it reminds me of the McLaren 2012 ( MP4-27 ). In 2012 almost every other car moved to the stepped nose concept while McLaren had a cleaner version of the nose which was gradually sloped. I see the same has happened to the Mercedes W05 this year. Every other car has the anteater or its derivatives on it while the Mercedes has managed to get a clean nose.

    Is this the Paddy Lowe Trade mark ????

  5. What I find remarkable is that in recent designs Mercedes so lacks the color accents typical of F1, the most bland competitive car on the track – again.

  6. Utterly stunning car.
    Best looking car for me since the MP4-23.
    When I first heard about the 2014 regs this is how I, and probably most imagined the cars would look like.
    The W05 and the F14 T are the only cars that have been launched that I think look good.
    Nice to see Lewis and Nico in the best looking though, that’s for sure!
    Let’s hope she performs as well as she looks!

  7. I’m hoping this is the fastest car….so for next year the 10 other teams have a similar design.

  8. I like it a lot, but the livery lets it down a little. The way the black on the engine cowling curls up while the lines of the car go down just looks wrong.

    Otherwise, this is exactly what I think a Formula 1 car should look like. Now we just need to find a way to really clamp down on aero. Get rid of six-element front wings, and limit the teams to one or two. Make the cars so difficult to drive that driver sill is the deciding factor in success.

  9. Mark McDonald
    29th January 2014, 1:58


  10. While I agree this is the best looking nose, (hard to admit as a Ferrari fan).
    That said, can someone clarify the regulation as both Mercedes and Ferrari seem to have noses that are behind the leading edge of the front wing, while the “ant-eater” noses all extend beyond the front wing.
    Does this mean the cross sectional requirement of the nose becomes that of the wing?

  11. this is the only car which doesnot have a **** and looks decent

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