It feels weird seeing Mercedes headed into the 2014 season without Ross Brawn at the helm. After parting ways with the team in the offseason, speculation remains as to where he’ll end up. Could we see a midseason shakeup with Brawn at McLaren? Time will tell.
For now, the W05 and I must say, not a bad looking car for a change.
Mercedes have a gone a similar route to Ferrari with a sloped nose design.
An updated and improved livery also adorns the W05. Perhaps Mercedes caught wind that McLaren were copying their paint scheme and opted for more teal?
Hopefully the car will be better at managing tires this season. In 2013 Lewis Hamilton was plagued with horrific tire wear and was forced to dial back his performance on a number occasions.
He was on hand for testing with teammate Nico Rosberg and sporting a brand new head of hair.
However, soon after taking the car on track, Hamilton’s front wing failed, resulting in his first crash of the season.
A tough break for the brand new W05.
Photos courtesy of Mercedes & F1 Fanatic.