Mercedes GP Launch MGP W02
Mercedes GP were the latest team to unveil their 2011 car on Tuesday morning ahead of the start of the first official 2011 pre-season tests, which get underway today. After a disappointing start to the 2010 season, the team decided early on that they would stop development work on their 2010 challenger and focus all their efforts on the 2011 rules package and the design of the MGP W02 instead. The technical specification of the MGP W02 includes the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery) system which returns to the sport after a one-year absence. The Mercedes KERS system was the first to win a Grand Prix during the 2009 season when KERS made its debut in F1. Also new on the car for the 2011 season is the adjustable rear wing, which is driver operated to aid overtaking, and the use of Pirelli tyres. The livery is also slightly different, as the team have gone with a striking high-gloss airbrush effect highlighting the shape of the car. Plus, the interaction between the Silver Arrows heritage and the green shading representing the team's title partner PETRONAS, and evokes memories of the first Silver Arrow car of 1934 with a modern touch added by 3D partner logos. Speaking at the launch team principal, Ross Brawn said: "It is always a thrill to see a new car ready to take the track for the first time and this year is no exception. After our first year as the Mercedes-Benz works team, we are now seeing the benefits of our chassis group and our engine group working well together. With a good technical structure and a strengthened race engineering organisation, both at the factory and the race track, I am confident that we have done and will continue to do a better job this year in all key areas." Adding that "the concept development for the MGP W02 started early and we have set challenging targets for the design, combined with a robust plan to ensure that the pace of development can continue throughout the long 2011 season. We have two excellent drivers in Michael and Nico, both of whom capable of winning races in a good car, and we look forward to seeing them push each other and the development of the new Silver Arrow during the season. We want to be setting the standard right from the start but if we are not, we will respond very strongly to get ourselves into the game. Everyone is excitedly waiting to see what the new season will reveal." Norbert Haug, Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport continued adding that "the new Silver Arrow for the 2011 season has little in common with its immediate predecessor. Our chassis engineers have taken a fairly ruthless approach and were determined to shave off every superfluous gram and millimetre. What emerged from this process is a compact and exquisitely shaped vehicle that introduces a host of sophisticated solutions and truly reflects the enormous dedication of its constructors. We have given it a brand new coat of paint, and we aim to see a smile on the faces of our hard-working drivers and team members that is as bright as our new silver livery." "Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher are top drivers who can win races for us, provided we build them the right car. At the same time, our team, like all the other teams, has to deal with complex new tasks. The new generation of tyres from Pirelli, and the extent to which the cars and drivers adapt to them, will play a vital role in deciding wins and defeats." Speaking about the new technical rehulations for the season ahead, Haug added: "The rear wing flap, which can be adjusted under specified conditions, will boost top speed and facilitate overtaking which should open up a new and interesting chapter for Formula One. And there is the return of KERS following a one-year absence at the end of the 2009 season when our Mercedes system recorded a historic first race win. This will play a massive role amongst all of the performance-related components, both for the additional power and for the strategic options it makes available." " As in 2009, it is our ambition that Mercedes-Benz builds and runs the best hybrid system and that all three teams which use it benefit significantly from this." Haug concluded by saying: "our target can be described in one short sentence. The new Silver Arrow should not only look first class, but should also be developed to be at the top step-by-step."