The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team today unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
The car was unveiled in the presence of drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who arrived at the official photo call at the wheel of two Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, the fifth Black Series model from Mercedes-AMG.
As with all other cars revealed so far, Mercedes’ new F1 car, the F1 W04, is an evolution of last year’s car. Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012. According to the press release, “the aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear.”
The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The F1 W04 also has dropped the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small ‘vanity panel’, which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing.
The new F1 W04 completed its first laps of today’s 100 km shakedown at 10:21 in the hands of Nico Rosberg, who drove the car throughout the morning. Lewis Hamilton will take the wheel of a Formula One Silver Arrow for the first time this afternoon, with the two drivers to complete four days of testing this week in Jerez.
Lewis Hamilton is the first British driver for Mercedes’ F1 team since Stirling Moss, in 1955. “It’s a very special day for me to officially present our Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow to the world. There is no company with a longer history in Grand Prix racing than Mercedes-Benz and it is an honour for me to tread in the footsteps of legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher,” Hamilton said.