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Mercedes GP: Rosberg makes maiden voyage in the Silver Arrow

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'Nico will be the first to drive the new car. That was the plan from the beginning, even before Michael came to the team,' said Brawn.

D he team with the British tactical strategist, Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug and the first German driver duo will be in Presenting Stuttgart - the new car for the coming season will be on display for the first time in Valencia on February 1st. With 24-year-old Rosberg, who switched from Williams to Mercedes GP, at the wheel. However, the 17-year-old Schumacher will also make intensive use of the first official test drives in 2010 to prepare for his racing comeback after a break of more than three years. The season starts on March 14th with the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Brawn: Schumacher becomes world champion again

Brawn is not expecting 92nd place there yet. Schumacher's Grand Prix victory. 'Time is running out. I don't think Michael can win the first race straight away,' said Brawn.

Schumacher will need a few races to get used to the other cars and the many new drivers . 'Then I hope for the well-known Schumi. That was always his strength: He was always able to adapt and learn incredibly quickly.' When choosing between world champion Jenson Button, ex-champ Lewis Hamilton and the two-time title holder Fernando Alonso and record world champion (7 titles) Schumacher, Brawn relies on his former and now current companion. 'If I had to bet on one of them, I would say in no uncertain terms: Michael will be world champion.'


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