Fresh Start, New Car

Lewis Hamilton makes up the new driver line up, replacing the legendary Michael Schumacher at Mercedes.

Partnering his former karting team Nico Rosberg, 2013 will signal a new direction for the team and their new driver.

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Both Rosberg and Hamilton, hope this will be the car that proves to the world that the old Brawn magic has not disappeared. It may take time but Hamilton will hope to prove that his move from McLaren wasn’t a big mistake.

The launch itself was bizarre. After trending on Twitter, Mercedes AMG promised to reveal the W04 to the world. Ultimately the site crashed leaving many fans disappointed, their patience pushed to the limit.

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Finally the day has arrived, the car unveiled in Jerez in preparation for winter testing. Nico Rosberg was first to drive the car in Spain, his experience with the team just about giving him the edge.

Ross Brawn spoke at the launch about his driver line up – “they are a strong driver line up with a healthy level of competition between them”.

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The car doesn’t conform to the 2013 norm, only Lotus and Red Bull have also adopted the stepped nose. The front wing is close to the ground and the side pods appear more prominent compared its rivals.

Surprisingly the car’s appearance does not differ enormously to 2012. The car was not the fastest on the grid last year, however they may have taken a similar approach to Sauber – refinement.

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It “looks great” said Nico Rosberg. Though we wouldn’t have expected any other reaction, it’s nice to see that the attention surrounding Lewis’ move has not unsettled him.

It’s the car that lulled Lewis Hamilton away from McLaren and now it’s finally here. Hamilton will drive car number ten, Rosberg car number nine.

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