Mercedes announces team launch
Mercedes will officially launch its new team and livery on January 25 at its museum in Stuttgart. Its car, however, will not be unveiled until the first day of testing on February 1.
At the team launch it will present its two new drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg alongside a Mercedes liveried 2009 Brawn. When the new car does roll out it will be named the RB1, 'RB' being the initials of team principal and former owner Ross Brawn.
The success of Schumacher's Formula One comeback will rest on it, as the seven-time champion returns to the sport after three years in retirement. He has been testing a GP2 machine this week to prepare for his first F1 run and is confident he is in good shape. Team-mate Rosberg is also hoping to score some good results after spending four seasons at Williams without winning a race.
Mercedes is just one of a number of teams to announce its launch recently with Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, Lotus and Sauber all confirming their dates in the past two weeks.