• Jan 25, 2010

2010 Mercedes GP Petronas livery – click above for high-res gallery

While many parents get their baby's first set of booties dipped in bronze, Mercedes GP Petronas have gone and dipped their whole new baby in silver. After taking over the Formula One championship-winning Brawn GP team at the end of the 2009 season, Mercedes-Benz renamed the team and got to work on a 2010 car. While that new MGP W01 won't be officially unveiled until testing at Valencia begins, the team has just shown off the car's new livery on the '09 car.

The new color scheme debuted at a special event held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, and will show up on the new car February 1 in Valencia. The new liquid metal hue recalls the classic Silver Arrows grand prix cars of Mercedes and Auto Union from Germany's glory days of racing. And hard as it is to believe, it's been 55 years since Mercedes had its own racing team.

The MGP W01 will be piloted by Nico Rosberg and some guy named Mike during the 2010 season. Seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher will of course be rejoining team boss Ross Brawn, reviving a partnership that resulted in seven World Championship trophies for Schumi before his retirement in 2006.




[Source: Autosport | Images: Mercedes-Benz]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice, but I kinda wish the real silver arrow was silver-er... the top half of it looks almost white. I wonder what the new McLaren livery is gonna look like?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Scratch that... I forgot they'd said it's gonna be pretty much the same, for 2010 at least. Personally, I'd be happy if they reverted to the Orange now that Merc's their own team.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Franz: I'm well aware of McLaren HISTORY, thank you very much. On the shelf, near my computer is the 1/18th scale McLaren MP4 12 with McLaren Orange test livery. I also have a Denny Hulme McLaren Can Am car. I swear I have a Johnny Rutherford McLaren Indycar in the same orange shade as well.

        Johnnie Walker (Black & Gold) & Vodafone (Day-Glow Red/ White with Black as a common background color) don't have McLaren Orange in their established corporate colors so WTF would they adopt these colors to promote their products on a worldwide stage? McLaren's modern colors are Black & Red (way back to their Marlboro days).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would Vodafone & Johnnie Walker want McLaren Orange????

        As for Malaysian owned "Team Lotus" British Racing Green would be a long shot IMO. Also, unless John Player Special make a non smoking (& sponsor legal) product... I don't expect the Lotus F1 car to adopt that livery either.

        Sorry... but just keepin' it real.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would they want it orange? You need to do some history: orange was the original McLaren livery back in the day. Vodafone red & black decals and Johnnie Walker plain black decals wouldn't look out of place on an orange car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It does look really nice. I can't wait to see all the new liveries and cars in person at the Canadian GP in June. It sucks that I have to travel so far to see a F1 GP in person. Somebody needs to drop a couple of billion and build us a world class GP circuit but leave Tilke out of it. Bring back the USGP!
        • 4 Years Ago
        We have a F1 caliber circuit in Barber's Park in Alabama. Its FIA certified and the USGP team is testing there now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know what's ironic? An all-German cast.... Britain lost. (Although, the car itself is 100% Japanese, 2009 car was designed in 2008 by Honda for the 2009 season).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shumi you really looked better in red!...I prefer to see my gf in bed with someone else than this...
        • 4 Years Ago
        What does your gf look like?
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least his helmet is still red!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like it alot. Glad to see Patronas has secured the sponsorship. All German driver lineup now that Heidfeld has been signed as the official test drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOOD LUCK!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it, simple yet futuristic. Although I did like that rendering shown when the new team was announced better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this race car looks fantastic, great work!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nico is not smiling.........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Certainly not trying to take away from Nico's talent, but I wouldn't be smiling if Michael Schumacher was my teammate/competitor either lol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could be because Michael took the lower car number (3) which usually designates the number one driver on the team.

        I guess 7 World Championships gives you that right no matter how long you've been out of the sport.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No conspiracy..... Michael requested the team's ODD NUMBER as he said that he never drove a car with an even #. Most of his numbers in F1 have been the odd #1, #3, #5 & ?

        Although Schumi's F1 debut was in the 7UP Jordan.... #32!!! :) :)

        Also. my pre-season prediction: Nico Rosberg will be the more successful MGP driver

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