Mercedes Benz have launched their team officially today with the unveiling of their 2010 team colours. The actual 2010 car, known as the MGP FO1, will be shown to the public at the forthcoming Valencia test series. Both drivers have been confirmed to be testing the car at the aforementioned test.
The event, in Stuttgart, was the first time to see Michael Schumacher in full Mercedes regalia.
The new car design harks back to the old Mercedes Silver Arrows days with a lot of ilver on the car fading into grey. Petronas, the Malaysian petroleum company are the teams title sponsor and take a large part of the advertising space on the car, with small elements of their sky blue colouring.
Other sponsors to the team include, MIG and Aabar and of course the Bridgestone tyre company.
“With today’s presentation of our new Mercedes GP Petronas Formula 1 team, a new and certainly the most important chapter of over 100 years of Mercedes-Benz motorsport history begins,” said Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug. “The new Formula 1 season will offer challenges which will be bigger than ever before in over sixty years of the sport’s history.
“We look forward to the cooperation with our drivers Nico Rosberg who has enormous capabilities and perspectives, and with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher who is no less motivated than at the time when he began his professional motor racing career with Mercedes-Benz and then made his first step into such a successful Formula One career with our support.
“Today I also cordially welcome our new title partner Petronas as well as our co-investor Aabar/IPIC together with all of our team partners. I warmly welcome all our colleagues from last year’s World Championship team Brawn GP headed by Ross Brawn and Nick Fry to the Mercedes family. There are challenging tasks ahead of us and we will tackle them with power, consistency and full motivation.”
Michael Schumacher says he is confident that the team are ready for the title fight.
“I think we have everything it takes to do it,” said Schumacher, appearing in Mercedes-Benz race overalls.
“It’s one thing to have all the ingredients to be able to cook it up but it’s another thing to have a good result. I believe with the experience Ross has, with what we did last year, having Mercedes as the team itself, with all the experience and the know-how and the quality they have, on top of myself… I’m sorry but there’s only one target.
“But it’s one thing to have a target and another thing to achieve it.”