The hero returns to F1

08:34, April 16, 2010      

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Chinese Formula One fans should brace themselves for the thrilling action that will heat up the tracks at the 2010 F1 Chinese Grand Prix when they will witness the highly-anticipated return of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher racing for the all-new MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team.

At a press conference held in Shanghai last night, the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team displayed full confidence ahead of their race this Sunday.

As Schumacher and talented young German driver Nico Rosberg jointly don the Silver Arrows Team gear that has been fondly missed on the tracks for over half a century, this perfect union is set to usher in a new era in F1 history this season.

To top it off, the presence of the three-pointed star on the F1 circuit is further accentuated with the new SLS AMG making its debut as the official F1 safety car while C 63 AMG Estate continues as the official Medical Car for its third year in a row.

All eyes will inevitably be on the MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team as it powers through the unique "Shang" Chinese character-shaped circuit this Sunday.

Backed by an impressive championship team under the leadership of Ross Brawn, the Silver Arrows Team will get audiences' adrenalin pumping with action from Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher.

Michael Schumacher, who began his racing career with Mercedes-Benz as apprentice with the Mercedes-Benz Junior Program 20 years ago, has reunited with the three-pointed star in his comeback to the F1 circuit after a three-year absence.

"We are speaking about the world champion team which has teamed up with Mercedes - and we can only go for the championships! Besides, the engine from Mercedes is obviously great!" said the 41-year old racer.

"As for myself, I will definitely try my very best at every station and Shanghai is no exception - since I love the competition and F1 is a perfect display motorsport at the highest level. My expectations are the same as ever: I look forward to putting up good fights on the track!" said the motorist legend.

Nico Rosberg, son of former Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg who took third spot at the recent Malaysian Grand Prix, also expressed his joy: "I am really happy to be part of the Silver Arrows team in 2010 season. Indeed, no other brand in Formula 1 can look back on such a long and successful tradition in motor racing. I am looking forward to the race in Shanghai this Sunday and give it my all to get good track results this season."

The MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One Team has specially designed and built its brand new MGP W01, distinguished by its classic silver and striking V-shaped nose feature.

The MGP W01 is powered by the Mercedes-Benz FO 108X engine with a maximum rpm of 18,000. Its radical sculpted chassis provides answer to the need for a larger fuel tank as a result of the new refueling ban this season.

MGP W01 also boosts unique roll structure which acts as an aero splitter within the airbox, helping to separate incoming airflow. All in all, the technical supremacy combined with cutting-edge design offers this racing car the leading edge motorsports features of all times.

Ross Brawn, Team Principal of MERCEDES GP PETRONAS said: "I am very glad to partner Schumacher again this season. This is indeed a very strong team that we have assembled here - I am very glad and proud to be parther of the MERCEDES GP PETROMAS team."

As the world's pioneer automaker, Mercedes-Benz has contributed significantly to the industry development as well as leading new innovations in safety technologies.

Over the years, the automaker not only participated in offering its finest engine in support of F1 teams but also provided official F1 medical and safety cars.

Apart from featuring C 63 AMG Estate as the Medical Car, the SLS AMG is set to steal some spotlight on the tracks with its stellar engine performance and revolutionary design.

From March 2010, the Official F1 Safety Car will be deployed whenever hazardous situations such as accidents or bad weather endanger normal racing.

Additionally, its powerful acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 317 km/h (electronically limited) fully demonstrate its befitting role as the official safety car. Furthermore, it was also the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing that created the unparallel "Silver Arrow" legacy more than 70 years ago.

Over the past 116 years, the German automaker has been passionately involved in this sport. Since 1950, Mercedes-Benz has clinched championships with its classic 300 SL Gullwing, pushing motorsports to its peak and creating the "Silver Arrows" legend.


Mercedes-Benz's association with sports goes far beyond the F1 tracks. The history can cast back to 1894. The first four cars home in the race from Paris to Rouen on 22 July in that year were powered by a 954cc V2 engine designed by Gottlieb Daimler. This victory set the ball rolling and in subsequent decades, the marque won countless races.

For the Nice-Salon-Nice race of 1901, Daimler's cars were entered under the name Mercedes for the first time, named after the daughter of the Daimler importer and racing driver, Emil Jellinek. The event was won by the Mercedes of the German driver Wilhelm Werner.

Then in 1903, Camille Jenatzy drove a Mercedes to victory in the Gordon Bennett race held in Ireland, starting the German luxury brand's more-than-century prosperous chapter in motorsports.

Besides its relentless pursuit of motorsports, Mercedes-Benz has also extensively participated in tennis, golf and other sporting events which best exemplify the sporting DNA that the three-pointed star embodies as well as its rich brand values.


"2010 marks a breakthrough year for Mercedes-Benz on the F1 tracks: a new team with a gifted pair of drivers is unquestionably a splendid showcase of the motorsport passion underlined by our three-pointed star. For a century-old premium auto brand with a rich motorsport pedigree, Mercedes-Benz has successfully brought innovation to speed and fused dynamism with the sporting spirit to Formula One over the years," said Klaus Maier, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd.

"I believe our assembly of the professional drivers and technical team with great tenacity and vigor will surely put on a spectacular race for the F1 audience in Shanghai!"

Source:China Daily


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