Ross Brawn — The Mercedes F1 W04 is a clear step forward in sophistication
By Berthold Bouman
Ross Brawn: “The F1 W04 is a clear step forward in sophistication.”
Mercedes revealed its W04 today in the pit lane of the Spanish Circuito de Jerez, where the first pre-season test days will take place. Nico Rosberg was the lucky driver to have tried the new car in the morning, and Team Principal Ross Brawn seemed quite happy with the new Silver Arrows car.
“2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team,” said the Briton. About the changes within the Mercedes team he commented, “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.”
About his drivers he said, “We are also hugely proud to welcome Lewis to the team as a works Mercedes-Benz driver. With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in Formula One and I know that a healthy level of competition between them both will help drive the team forward.”
Nico Rosberg: “We want to make this the best team in Formula One.”
Rosberg had already tested the car in the simulator this winter, and commented, “The car seems to be performing well in the virtual world but we have a very busy and intense programme ahead of us during testing to make sure we can deliver that performance on track.”
He too, was happy with the management changes, “The atmosphere in the team is very positive and the people are highly motivated to succeed. And, of course, I have a new team mate with Lewis. It’s his first time in the Silver Arrow and I look forward to working together and pushing each other hard, to make this the best team in Formula One.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I have never seen a team hungrier for success than this one.”
Throughout his career, Mercedes engines have powered Hamilton’s cars, and now he will finally make his debut as an official works Silver Arrows driver. “It’s a very special day for me to officially present our Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow to the world. There is no company with
a longer history in Grand Prix racing than Mercedes-Benz and it is an honour for me to tread in the footsteps of legends like Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss and Michael Schumacher,” he said.
He was impressed by the Mercedes team, “I’ve been at the factory
for a few days now, getting to know the guys, meeting my mechanics and engineers, learning myself into the team and I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one.”
“This is a new start for me with the team in Brackley but I have worked with Mercedes-Benz for a very long time now, and I learned one thing most of all: Mercedes-Benz doesn’t know how to lose!”
But, he warned he needs time before he will be able to score his first victory for Mercedes, “We are playing a long game here but I know we will have success together and I’m excited to be a big part of making it happen.”
Toto Wolff: “The only thing that counts in Formula One is lap time.”
Toto Wolff, who replaces Norbert Haug as Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas, said about the new car, “The first laps for a new car are always filled with emotion and today was no exception. It is even more meaningful when the car is a Silver Arrow: Mercedes-Benz has a long tradition of racing success and this is something we are proud to represent and determined to live up to.”
Although he joined the team just two weeks ago, Wolff has already been impressed by the staff of the Mercedes team, “The people are highly motivated, open-minded and determined to succeed. Our drivers are hungry for success, too, and it will certainly be fascinating this season to see how Nico and Lewis perform together. Ultimately, though, Formula One is very straightforward and the only thing that counts is lap time.”
Pre-season testing will officially start tomorrow, Tuesday and Thursday Rosberg will be behind the wheel of the W04, and Wednesday and Friday Hamilton will be driving the car.