Mercedes GP launch new team and drivers

Today marked a milestone in Mercedes-Benz history as the Silver Arrows works team Mercedes GP Petronas unveiled the team and livery to over 600 guests and many more watching German news feeds online.

The event opened with Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars giving the first talk to the awaiting press before presenting the team and it’s drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

The new livery reflects the Mercedes heritidge with the base coat silver along with turquoise flashes representing title sponsor Petronas.

Talking at the launch an excited Michael Schumacher revealed: “Finally the 2010 Formula One season is firing up! I have to say that I am totally committed to this new challenge. This season feels like a re-start for me and I am so motivated.”

He went on to say: “We have a very exciting combination at Mercedes GP Petronas. We have a World Champion team in every sense of the word and I cannot wait to get into the car for the first time in Valencia. I am convinced that Mercedes GP Petronas will be in a very good position to fight for the championships this season and I will definitely give it a go. Driving for Mercedes-Benz again is like the closing of a circle for me as I started my racing driver career with the three-pointed star on my helmet. This is another reason why I cannot wait for the competition to get underway.”

Nico Rosberg talked of the Mercedes heritige and explaining that he has already put in a lot of time with the team in preperation for the season ahead: “You can really feel the successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz here at the Museum in Stuttgart and to be part of the new Silver Arrows team and that racing heritage makes me feel extremely proud and motivated.”

“Since joining the team in November, I have spent a lot of time at the factory in Brackley, at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth and here in Stuttgart, which has given me the opportunity to settle in and get to know everyone. I have seen how hard the team is working on the new car and I really can't wait for the opportunity to drive it for the first time in Valencia next week. I am looking forward to working with everyone at Mercedes GP Petronas and will give it my all to reward their fantastic efforts with good on-track results this season.”