Mercedes plan to roll out new car

Michael Schumacher in his Brackley-based Mercedes
Michael Schumacher in his Brackley-based Mercedes

Brackley-based Mercedes have indicated that they plan to roll their new F1 car out before the media at the start of the first F1 test in Spain later this month, writes James Beckett.

The German manufacturer will again be represented by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and the duo’s car will be powered by an all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engine that meets the new FIA regulations. Nico Rosberg said: “We are all working really hard towards the new season and look forward to seeing the new car in action very soon.”

Meanwhile, former Mercedes driver and current ambassador, Michael Schumacher, remains in a serious condition in a hospital in France following a skiing accident.

Schumacher, a seven-time world F1 champion, retired from the sport for a second time at the end of the 2012 season having returned to F1 with Mercedes. A team spokesman said: “We are obviously like everyone else in hoping that we hear good news about Michael’s condition soon. Until then, our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”