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Mercedes launched its 2013 F1 car W04 at Jerez

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The Mercedes team launched its new F1 car W04 on today morning, and the team made filming at the Jerez circuit with new contender.

Mercedes reveal the footage on official Youtube channel, Nico Rosberg was driving on the circuit with new team-mate Lewis Hamilton taking pics trackside as Mercedes declared a new deal with BlackBerry.

“The aerodynamic design philosophy has been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retains pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential.” Mercedes said in its launch release.

“2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team,” said team boss Ross Brawn.

“The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor.

“Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season.

“We are also hugely proud to welcome Lewis to the team as a works Mercedes-Benz driver.

“With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in F1 and I know that a healthy level of competition between them both will help drive the team forward.”

Nico Rosberg was driving on the circuit with new team-mate Lewis Hamilton taking pics trackside, the new recruit was looking forward to his turn driving the car in the afternoon.

“I am [excited] I could barely sleep last night!” Hamilton said. “It’s quite an exciting day for us – the launch of a new car – and to be team-mates with Nico; we were just saying how crazy it is because we used to be team-mates back in 2000 when we were go-karting so it’s a dream for me to be back here as his team-mate.

“It looks beautiful. It’s a lovely car, I’m just excited to get in it … I’m just really excited to get in and see what it feels like.”

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2013 Mercedes AMG W04 F1 Car – First pictures

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