JEREZ, Spain, Feb 4, 2013 (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton unveiled Mercedes' new car for the forthcoming Formula One season here on Monday, hailing the team's drive and determination to win the championship as beyond compare.
Mercedes opted to subtly make use of the vanity panel to cover the stepped nose, and went back to a second generation Coanda-effect exhausts. It also retains pushrod front suspension and pullrod for the rear.
The Briton described his arrival as "the start of a new chapter... a new adventure" and said he was excited to unveil the F1 W04 "Silver Arrow" at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.
"I have never seen a group of people that is hungrier for success than this one," he added. "I can't wait to drive it and see where I can make a difference to help push the team forward with Nico (Rosberg)...
"We are playing a long game here but I know we will have success together and I'm excited to be a big part of making it happen."
Hamilton and Rosberg posed with the car, which had its first run out at the Andalusian circuit and will now be put through its paces for the next four days in testing in time for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in March.
New executive director Toto Wolff also said he had been impressed with the quest for perfection at the team.
"The people are highly motivated, open-minded and determined to succeed. Our drivers are hungry for success, too, and it will certainly be fascinating this season to see how Nico and Lewis perform together.
"Ultimately, though, Formula One is very straightforward and the only thing that counts is lap time."
Like most of the cars int he grid for 2013, the W04 is aesthetically similar to its predecessor, Team Principal Ross Brawn says the design is a 'clear step forward' in terms of overall detail and sophistication.
"2013 marks the start of a second era for our Silver Arrows works team," said Brawn. "The restructuring we undertook at the team over the past 18 months are now growing in maturity and this is reflected in the F1 W04, which is a clear step forward in design and detail sophistication over its predecessor.
"Many thousands of hours of work have been invested by our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth to ensure that the new car delivers a step change in performance compared to last season."
He added: "With Lewis and Nico, we have what I believe to be the strongest driver line-up in Formula One and I know that a healthy competition between them both will help drive the team forward."