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2013

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team unveiled its 2013 Formula One car, the F1 W04, on Monday 4th February at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. The F1 W04 was driven by Nico Rosberg and new recruit Lewis Hamilton. Their joint efforts that season resulted in three race wins, nine podium appearances and eight pole positions. MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS finished the campaign as runners-up in the constructors' championship.

With the technical regulations remaining stable in 2013, ahead of major changes for 2014, the basic vehicle concept of the F1 W04 was a sophisticated evolution of last year's car. Led by Engineering Director Aldo Costa, under the coordination of Technical Director Bob Bell, the project commenced with initial aerodynamic testing in early summer 2012.

The aerodynamic design philosophy had been optimised around a new five-element front wing design and a second-generation Coanda exhaust at the rear. The car retained pushrod front suspension and a pullrod rear suspension, aimed at optimising tyre life and performance, while the rear end has been aggressively packaged to optimise aerodynamic development potential. The F1 W04 also does away with the stepped nose design of its predecessor thanks to a small 'vanity panel', which was found to offer a small gain during aerodynamic testing. The car completed its final mandatory FIA crash test on 15th January.

Technical Specifications

Construction Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension Wishbone and pushrod (front)/pullrod (rear) activated torsion springs and rockers
Dampers Penske
Wheels OZ forged magnesium
Tyres Pirelli
Brakes Brembo calipers
Brake discs/pads Carbon/Carbon
Steering Power assisted rack and pinion
Steering wheel Carbon-fibre construction
Electronics FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Gearbox Seven-speed unit with carbon fibre maincase
Gear selection Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch Carbon plate
Overall length 4800mm
Overall height 950mm
Overall width 1800mm
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO108F
Capacity 2.4 litres
Cylinders 8
Maximum rpm 18,000 (maximum FIA regulation)
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore 98mm (maximum FIA regulation)
No of valves 32
Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

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