Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher recently unveiled the MGP W02, the new Silver Arrow for the 2011 Formula One World Championship, at the Valencia Circuit in Spain in front of the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS team garage.
The MGP W02, which is the product of 12 months of intense design and development work, is the second Silver Arrows car to be launched by MERCEDES GP PETRONAS since the team became the first Mercedes-Benz works outfit since 1955.
The MGP W02’s technical specification includes the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery) system, which returns to the sport after a one-year absence.
The Mercedes KERS system was the first to win a Grand Prix in the 2009 season when KERS made its Formula One debut. The MGP W02’s livery is an evolution from its predecessor with a striking high-gloss airbrush effect, which highlight’s the car’s shape.
The interaction between the Silver Arrows heritage and the green shading representing the team’s title partner PETRONAS is reminiscent of the first Silver Arrow car of 1934 with a modern touch added by 3D partner logos.
New on the car for this season is the adjustable rear wing, operated by the driver to aid overtaking. It also gets Pirelli tires as the Italian company has become the sport’s official tire supplier.
The team’s driver line-up is the same with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, who achieved the team’s three podiums in 2010, forming one of the most exciting and talented pairings on the grid.