New Mercedes W04 Formula 1 car has innovations, Ross Brawn insists

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn says the new W04 car has a number of significant innovative concepts despite its similarities with last year's version

New Mercedes W04 Formula 1 car has innovations, Ross Brawn insists

The Brackley-based squad unveiled its 2013 challenger at Jerez on Monday ahead of Tuesday's opening test.

Although the W04 design looks similar to its predecessor, Brawn hinted as some hidden innovations.

"There are a number of concepts we have looked at, and no doubt when you see all the new cars you revisit some of the concepts, but this car has taken a good step forward in terms of aerodynamic performance," said Brawn.

"I think there are some innovative things on the car and you probably need to look a bit deeper to see them.

"We are comfortable with the designs and solutions we have come up with; but we will see the first signs in the next few weeks and certainly at Melbourne.

"That will be the real test of everyone's concepts and innovations - and that will be the true test.

"We are comfortable with what we have done."

Brawn revealed the front wing design will change later in the week, with more updates to be introduced before the start of the season.

"We have some things that we are quite excited about which will appear in the next few weeks," he said.

Brawn added his team is working on a passive double DRS like the one used by rival Lotus but admitted it was proving hard to get it to work properly.

"It is very difficult to get it to work, because there is historisis, or inertia, with the system, to get it to switch," he said. "That makes it very tricky.

"I wouldn't say that we have found a solution yet but we will doing some work on it in the next few tests and we will see where we are.

"We are keeping it there, we are still interested, we are still doing some work but I would not say we have found the right solution yet.

"I think that seems to be what most other people are experiencing, but we may see somebody find a solution and that will probably accelerate the development of the system."

The Briton, whose team finished in fifth place in last year's championship, said the goal for the year was to simply show continued progress.

"We have go forward. The commitment we have always made is to improve and we haven't always done that," said Brawn.

Mercedes F1 W04 - full coverage:

Mercedes' new W04 makes debut
Mercedes W04 in pictures
Hamilton keeps expectations in check
Mercedes needs stability says Wolff

shares
comments
Rosberg: Strong start to 2013 season unlikely for Mercedes

Previous article

Rosberg: Strong start to 2013 season unlikely for Mercedes

Next article

Toto Wolff says Mercedes needs stability

Toto Wolff says Mercedes needs stability
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Brawn GP , Mercedes
Author Jonathan Noble
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021
When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Plus

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle

Formula 1
Apr 4, 2021
The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Formula 1
Apr 2, 2021