Mercedes’ New Day With New Star Carpower

The first day of a new week heralded a new year for one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world. Mercedes have kept Nico Rosberg but Lewis Hamilton’s first day with the new car ensured that there was plenty of excitement around the team’s new acquisition.

A lot has been written and speculated about Hamilton’s move from the consistently race-winning McLAren team to Mercedes who since their comeback to F1 in 2010, have won only one race. Hamilton was quick to make sure that expectations were kept low and that wins were not to be demanded this year.

“This year is about trying to get settled in the team, get a good working relationship and working to steer this car in the right direction and also next year’s car.

“We have to deliver as a team, of course, but I am not a miracle worker. I’m going to work as hard as I can with the team to make steps forward.”

“They got one win last year, but they didn’t have enough podiums, didn’t have anywhere near the success they deserved.

“This year is about one step at a time. Finish the first race, getting on the podium, and then trying to win races.”

Rosberg took a comfortable win in China last season

Rosberg took a comfortable win in China last season

The man who got that first win on since their F1 return is Nico Rosberg, winning in China last season. Rosberg spoke of confidence in the car as a brief filming session allowed him a short period of time in the car.

“I’m confident, but to start the season as we did last year, being one of the fastest cars? Not so confident. The gap was quite big at the end of last year, and first we need to close that gap.

“That’s our main target for the start of the season, and I’m very confident we will manage to achieve that.

“Then the big improvement needs to be in the rate of development, because last year we really flattened off in the middle of the season.”

Team boss at Mercedes AMG F1 Ross Brawn said that the car is a step forward despite its similar appearance to the 2012 car and that the team must improve this year where it failed to in 2012.

“There are a number of concepts we have looked at, and no doubt when you see all the new cars you revisit some of the concepts, but this car has taken a good step forward in terms of aerodynamic performance,” said Brawn.

“I think there are some innovative things on the car and you probably need to look a bit deeper to see them.

“We are comfortable with the designs and solutions we have come up with; but we will see the first signs in the next few weeks and certainly at Melbourne.

“That will be the real test of everyone’s concepts and innovations – and that will be the true test.

“We are comfortable with what we have done.”

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