After its lackluster return to Formula 1 as the first Mercedes-Benz works outfit since 1955, Mercedes GP Petronas is looking to get its championship hopes back up with the MGP W02 for the 2011 season.
The MGP W02 continues its predecessor's livery with a high-gloss airbrush effect serving to highlight the car's shape while evoking the Silver Arrows heritage. In turn, the green shading which represents the team's title partner Petronas adds a modern touch to the car along with its 3D partner logos.
With the return of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to the grid, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport hopes to build on its success as its KERS was the first to win a Grand Prix race when the system first made its debut during the 2009 season.
"It is always a thrill to see a new car ready to take the track for the first time and this year is no exception. After our first year as the Mercedes-Benz works team, we are now seeing the benefits of our chassis group and our engine group working well together," said team principal Ross Brawn. "With a good technical structure and a strengthened race engineering organisation, both at the factory and the race track, I am confident that we have done and will continue to do a better job this year in all key areas."
Despite last year's uninspired showing, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport vice president Norbert Haug is still bullish about the team's chances for this season.
"Our target can be described in one short sentence: The new Silver Arrow should not only look first class, but should also be developed to be at the top step-by-step," said Haug.