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Mercedes GP reveal the MGP W01

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Mercedes GP rolled out their new MGP W01 in the Valencia pit lane on Monday morning, just moments before pre-season testing got underway.

The team's new challenger, which will be raced by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and his German compatriot Nico Rosberg, features the silver livery that the team unveiled at Merc's museum last week.

However, it's the design of the car that has caught the attention of those present.

The W01 incorporates an unusual version of the V-nose configuration, not only is it extremely slim but there is also a slight dip in the middle.

The shark finn engine cover is also different to any seen so far this season. Unlike the Ferrari it is not a rounded hump and unlike the McLaren it is a straightline extending to the rear wing. Instead, it takes the shape of the Ferrari but the sharp lines from the McLaren.

Rosberg will be the first of the Mercedes GP driver to try out the new car as he's been handed the honour of completing the morning session at Valencia. He will, however, hand over to Schumacher before the day is done.

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Very clean and slick looking machine.

Also, can't help but notice the similarities between the W01 and the F10. Particularly their rear solutions (aero and packaging). Both have a smaller version of the 'shark fin' (as compared to Mclaren, Sauber, Renault, Torro Rosso) . Front wings are all but similar.

Maybe a little to early to say for sure but Merc and Ferrari seem to be on the same page as far as interpretation (of 2010 rules) is concerned. (that is comforting in some ways if you're a Ferrari fan)

Can't wait to see what Red Bull comes up with?

To Mods: How about merging all the launch threads into one. This year has too many teams. smiley36.gif

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