The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team revealed the F1 W05 at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. Mercedes F1 Team drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton unveiled the first all-new Silver Arrow to hit the track since 1954.
With the challenges brought upon by the new regulation in F1 racing, Mercedes designed the F1 W05 to meet the changes in regulation. The new F1 W05 is powered by the PU106A Hybrid Power Unit. The overall changes in the new Mercedes F1 car are most likely the same with other F1 cars because of the new regulation for the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix. However, Mercedes revealed to the public, ahead of their F1 car launch, that their new vehicle will have a special message on it. The F1 W05 will carry a #KeepFightingMichael message to show their support to the injured F1 legend, Michael Schumacher.
"It is always exciting to pull the wraps off a new car for the first time, but even more so at the start of this momentous 2014 season. Our new Silver Arrow is the result of a single-minded, integrated approach between our engineering teams,” said Toto Wolff the Executive Director (Business) Mercedes F1 team.
Wolff continues, “My compliments and thanks go to every team member in Brackley, at Brixworth and also at our key partner, Petronas, for their hard work to deliver this new car and the Power Unit at its heart; it is the result of several years of intense effort.”
"For 2014 we have probably the greatest change in regulations in Formula One history and the start of a new era for our sport. From a technical and also a racing perspective, this is an incredibly exciting time for Formula One. We are introducing technologies that are new not just to racing but to the wider automotive world as well” said Technical Director Paddy Lowe.
Lowe added, “The whole team has done a fantastic job on the management of the project and its delivery. The new car is an elegant but aggressive design and, as is often the way, its beauty is much more than skin deep; the internal engineering of the car is extremely innovative and intelligent. Our team can be justifiably proud of its work so far - but none of us are under any illusions about the amount we still have to do before the first race in six weeks' time."