February 4, 2013
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With only a day to go until the first test session of the season, Mercedes have finally shown off their W04 car, along with new driver Lewis Hamilton.
The W04, arguably one of the most eagerly-awaited releases of the off-season, is an evolution of the erratic W03, which won races at the start of 2012, but quickly slid down the order.
The stepped nose is covered by an unusually smoothened panel, and the nose is at its widest at the end, similar to the Sauber C32. The exhausts and rear of the car have been redesigned over the winter, with many new visible additions to the diffuser area of the car.
The livery is virtually identical to last year’s, save for the addition of phone manufacturer Blackberry as a sponsor.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg attended the event, with Hamilton getting his first opportunity to drive a Mercedes car.