Mercedes officially presents F1 W04 at Jerez
4 February 2013 – Mercedes has officially presented its 2013 challenger, the F1 W04, at the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain. The team, which will field Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton this year, formally launched the car after a morning of on-track filming.
Although the F1 W04 chassis, which features a less radical stepped nose than the F1 W03, is aesthetically similar to its predecessor, Team Principal Ross Brawn says the design is a 'clear step forward' in terms of overall detail and sophistication.
"2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team," said Brawn. "The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor.
"Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season."
Rosberg got his first taste of the F1 W04 this morning, while Hamilton will drive the car this afternoon during what is one of the team's dedicated 2013 filming days.