On 1st February 2011, Mercedes-Benz presented the MGP W02. The new Silver Arrow for the 2011 Formula One championship was fitted with the KERS kinetic energy recovery system, which made its debut in the 2009 season but was not used in 2010. Other new features included a driver-operated adjustable rear spoiler flap for overtaking manoeuvres, and Pirelli tyres.
The result of twelve months intense design and development work, the MGP W02 was the second Silver Arrows car to be launched by MERCEDES GP PETRONAS since the team became the first Mercedes-Benz works outfit since 1955.
The car's livery was an evolution from its predecessor with a striking high-gloss airbrush effect highlighting the shape of the car. The interaction between the Silver Arrows heritage and the green shading representing the team's title partner PETRONAS evoked memories of the first Silver Arrow car of 1934 with a modern touch added by 3D partner logos.
The team's driver line-up remained unchanged with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, who achieved the team's three podiums in 2010, forming one of the most exciting and talented pairings on the grid.