After not fielding a team for more than 55 years, Mercedes Benz returned to the formula one scene as a full works team as the squad launched the livery of their 2010 challenger at the team's museum in Stuttgart, Germany on Monday ...
After not fielding a team for more than 55 years, Mercedes Benz returned to the formula one scene as a full works team as the squad launched the livery of their 2010 challenger at the team's museum in Stuttgart, Germany on Monday morning.
Despite the fact that the actual 2010 car will not be unveiled or see action for another week in Valencia, Spain, the new color scheme was evident as the silver arrows is now on this car, instead of the past Mclaren car, which the German manufacturer has been given full support for since 1996 and will continue to do as a customer engine importer.
The team itself used to be the Brawn GP team, which the German giant took over at the end of the 2009 season. The Brawn GP team in their first, and now only season, took the 2009 individual and constructors' champion back in November. The team still will have it's main factory in Brackley, England, and will still have Nick Fry as manager and Ross Brawn as team principal.
But the change this season is that the driver's lineup will include all German entries. Nico Rosberg was suggested last year to join the team after his successes with the Williams team. The son of 1982 world champion Keke, also has a German mother, and was actually born in Wiesbaden, Germany, which makes it all the better to be on this team.
"It makes me proud and motivated to be here," said Rosberg. "I have seen how hard the team has been working on the car and I am looking forward to driving it next week in Valencia."
The other driver really needs no introduction. Michael Schumacher might have been out of the lineup since 1996, but his attempt to comeback after seven world titles leaves many journalists thinking if the 41 year old still has what it takes. With all his winnings, the backing of the German giant and the reunification of him and Brawn together as a team, it could be quite a good battle between them and the other drivers.
And after a long wait, Schumacher is raring to go.
"Finally, the 2010 formula one season is firing up," said the German legend. "This season seems like a restart for me, and I am very motivated. Driving for me is a complete circle for me as I first drove for this team with a three pointed star on this helmet, and I cannot wait for this season to get underway."
Nick Heidfeld is the third German on the team, and the 33 year old was a product of the Mercedes junior team as he won the 1999 Formula 3000 world title. But Heidfeld never saw eye-to-eye with the Mercedes Corporation, and had to settle for drives with Prost, Sauber and BMW respectively. However, a possibility with Renault was good, but Heidfeld decided recently that a test driver was better then having to battle with former rival Robert Kubica at the French giant.
A major sponsor was needed as well, and the emergence of Malaysian oil company Petronas was chosen for the car. The Kuala Lumpur based firm is not unfamiliar with formula one, as they sponsor the Grand Prix race in their home country, and have sponsored the Sauber and BMW teams in the past.
There are so many teams that can contest for the title this year, mainly McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull. But this famous marquee cannot be counted out. After all, it has one of the best drivers in Formula One history.