• Feb 1st 2010 at 10:27AM
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2010 Mercedes GP W01 – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've seen the mock-up, now it's time for the real thing. After having previewed the team livery on last year's championship-winning Brawn GP car (that's both championships, thank you very much), the newly christened Mercedes GP car – dubbed MGP W01 – was officially unveiled today in Valencia, where half the F1 teams are gathered right now for the first official test session of the season.

The livery has already revealed both the color scheme – reminiscent of the famous pre-war Silver Arrow grand prix cars of yore and lore – as well as the successful poaching of Malaysian state oil company (and longtime Sauber sponsor) Petronas. The biggest surprise, then, (to insiders at least) is the nose design, which reportedly cribs from the snout on the Red Bull car that challenged the team for top honors last year.

Nico Rosberg is taking the car out for its debut test today ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher, who will be driving a contemporary F1 car for the first time in three years today. With the Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Mercedes cars now revealed, stay tuned for the rest, and check out the press release after the jump and the first batch of images in the gallery below.

  • 2010 Merecedes GP W01 Launch Valencia, Spain. 1st February 2010. xxxx Photo: Andrew Ferraro / LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _Q0C0463
  • 2010 Merecedes GP W01 Launch Valencia, Spain. 1st February 2010. xxxx Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _P9O2019

[Source: Mercedes GP]
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The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS 2010 car, the MGP W01, made its debut in Valencia this morning with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg unveiling the teams challenger for the new season.

On the first day of Formula One winter testing, the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS garage doors opened at 08:50am for the new car to make its entrance in front of the assembled photographers and camera crews.

Michael, Nico and Team Principal Ross Brawn posed for photos with the new Silver Arrow in its silver and green livery before the car went back into the garage to prepare for the start of the test session at 10:00am.

Nico will be the first of the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS drivers to try out the new car with Michael taking over later today.

Check back on the website later for the first reports from Valencia.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      God I'm so glad I didn't buy any Brawn GP merchandise last year - would've been a wholly waste of money for GPs this year.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The black wisp coming off the nose kinda ruins it for me, aside from that it's pretty awesome looking. The McLaren is my favorite so far, Ferrari a close second (would be first if not for that horrendous Red and White two-tone...), and the Renault is by far the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Wow. What the H were they thinking!?

      This season is going to be incredible though, so much going on, and the no re-feul stops rule was a very good decision imo, pit lane overtakes were lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the most I have looked forward to a new season in along time. It promises to be pretty exciting. But I still wish they where using treaded tires and not slicks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Grooved tires made F1 an absolute bore: The lack of mechanical grip (rubber) put a premium on aerodynamic grip (downforce) making it impossible to pass in a car's aero wake. Slicks are real race tires and make for better racing (see Brazil '09).

        BTW, Hamilton's aggressive driving style torches his tires. In contrast, Button's smoother style keeps 'em "on" longer, one of many reasons for his championship. It'll be interesting to see how the two styles stack up with the same car, *especially* since no refueling this year (thus, HUGE weight at the start) will shred the tires.

        Good season ahead!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was awesome racing to watch, thats all like when Hamilton lost the championship the one year beacause his treads literally came off it was great racing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol why would they use treaded ones? slicks provide much better traction
      • 5 Years Ago
      Although I won't be cheering too hard for Mercedes, they do have the best looking car so far.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sweet Schumi's chin matches the car. It's the new Ad-Persona program from Mercedes.
        • 5 Years Ago
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