February 1, 2010
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The new Mercedes W01 car has been launched in Valencia.
The livery was revealed a week ago, in the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. It’s good, but not great, I feel.
The car itself appears to look quite similar to last year’s Brawn. The main change is the revised nose cone, which is quite lower than other teams. The engine air intake has a very different shape. Also, the car sports last year’s Red Bull raised nose, as copied by Ferrari with their F10.
Otherwise, I’m actually struggling to find differences to last year’s Brawn. Hopefully underneath there are many changes, because at the moment I’m not convinced.
Nico Rosberg drove the car in the morning, before handing it over to Michael Schumacher for the afternoon.
Photos from the launch: