New Mercedes?

Looks like German newspaper Bild have stolen a march on the planned Tuesday launch of the new Mercedes Petronas – posting a picture of what appears to be the car, resplendent in its 2011 livery. And, in a pleasing development, the team do appear to have made some changes:

There’s no real reason to suspect this is phoney – if it is, someone’s done a good job of ensuring that the details we’d know would change (race number, Pirelli badge) are present, and it also contains new detail (the front-of-sidepod sponsor) that wouldn’t necessarily be expected by anyone creating a mockup. So on the assumption that it’s real… well, I like it. It integrates the Petronas turquoise into the livery far better than the 2010 car did – their logo looks significantly better in white text on a full turqoise background rather than black text with a wishy-washy splash of it underneath. Indeed, the colours complement each other well enough that it’s a surprise they didn’t go with this bold an application last year. Nevertheless, it’s a strong evolution of the team’s image, and when we see it properly should make for a good-looking car.

Thanks to Ned Flanders of this parish for the heads-up!

Update: The picture’s veracity has been confirmed by Mercedes, who’ve released a higher-res version (now above), which also turns out to be a rendering rather than a photograph.



    January 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    And now it’s official:

    Definitely a big improvement. I’m amazed how well turquoise and silver seem to go together! It would appear the sidepods are turquoise as well, although it’s obviously hard to tell from the front on shot.

    Now I just hope they do something about their disgusting driver overalls! They could definitely do with a similar dab of colour


    January 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    You can get a high-resolution version here.


    January 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    It is definetely a big improvement over last years scheme, maybe somebody of influence does read this site!? I’m keen to see what they have done with the sidepod area. Would like to see the turquoise on top of the sidepod like the early jordans. So far an 8/10 fromk me on this one.


    January 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Actually loving the look of this car. 100 times better than last season.


    January 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I like it. The paint seems more shiny than last year.
    Im seeing McLaren changing their livery next year because of this.


      January 31, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Yes, I agree, I was also thinking about that – of course, the red-chrome is still quite visibly different from this turqoise-silver, but the chrome isn’t as unique as it once was, so a change of livery for McLaren might be a good idea 🙂


    January 31, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Yes, this is a very nice livery now – last year I liked the colour turquoise, but not the way it was actually used – now it is nicely faded into silver, and it looks great. Interestingly, I liked the idea of having “bare carbon” visible on last years car, but in the end it didn’t really work out so nicely, I thought. I wonder if it is still on the car, but I think they may have instead gone for a more shiny silver colour for the rest of the car. Very nice.


    February 1, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I LOVE IT!! I think it looks beautiful and classy and a little fun thanks to the underrated turquoise.

    BIG improvement on last year, the application of the black and turquoise on the W01 didn’t look right.

    Hopefully this translates from rendering to real life well and the silver is actually shinier like this render suggests

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