Schumacher and Rosberg Bring 100% Vroom to Mercedes
STUTTGART, GERMANY - Seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher and his highly talented teammate, F1 driver Nico Rosberg, were at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany on January 25, 2010 for the launch of the 2010 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 car. More than 200 Mercedes-Benz employees were invited to take part in the ceremony, with some specially invited from the Unterturkheim and Sindelfingen manufacturing plants.
For Michael Schumacher, his enthusiasm to start the 2010 season is overwhelming and his first test session in the new Mercedes GP Petronas F1 car will happen in Valencia, Spain on Monday February 1, 2010. The first Formula 1 race in which Schumacher will return after a three year absence is the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 14, 2010.
Michael Schumacher had the following to say about his return to F1 and his drive with Mercedes GP Petronas, "Finally the 2010 Formula One season is firing up! I have to say that I am totally committed to this new challenge. This season feels like a re-start for me and I am so motivated ... I am convinced that MERCEDES GP PETRONAS will be in a very good position to fight for the championships this season and I will definitely give it a go. Driving for Mercedes-Benz again is like the closing of a circle for me as I started my racing driver career with the three-pointed star on my helmet."
Schumacher's teammate is the very talented F1 driver Nico Rosberg. It is expected that Rosberg will give the highly decorated Schumacher a good run for his money on the race track and will pay great attention to learning all of the race knowledge that Schumacher applies to each circuit. In the 2009 F1 season, Nico Rosberg had some excellent race performances, and his speed was clearly evident in Monaco last year during the race's qualification sessions.
Nico Rosberg is very enthusiastic about being part of the Mercedes GP Petronas team, and Rosberg said this week, "You can really feel the successful motorsport history of Mercedes-Benz here at the Museum in Stuttgart and to be part of the new Silver Arrows team and that racing heritage makes me feel extremely proud and motivated ... I have seen how hard the team is working on the new car and I really canâ€™t wait for the opportunity to drive it for the first time in Valencia next week."
The new Mercedes GP Petronas F1 car is called MGP W01, and Mercedes GP Petronas Team Principal, Ross Brawn, says that there has been a huge amount of work applied to the development of the new car in the winter season. Brawn said, "We have two excellent drivers in Nico and Michael, who will form one of the most exciting and one of the best partnerships on the grid, and with the support of Mercedes-Benz, Aabar and our new title partner PETRONAS plus all of our team partners, everyone is looking forward to the 2010 Formula One season with anticipation."