' Welcome to the most coveted press conference that has ever taken place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. If we could offer everyone space who would have liked to be there live today, then we would have had to go to the other side of the stadium, 'said Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche, welcoming the audience to the widely announced presentation of the new Mercedes GP Petronas team.
The silver arrows called and everyone came. Mercedes sent its DTM line-up into the race. David Coulthard, the first winner in the silver McLaren in Melbourne in 1997, was in Stuttgart as well as world champion boxer Vitaly Klitschko. Board members, members of the press and stars from the motorsport scene - they all enjoyed coming to the rebirth of the Silver Arrows. And Mercedes did everything to revive the old tradition.
The new model is called MGP W01
Even the name of the new car is a reminder of the successful times in the 50s. MGP W01 is the name of the new model that will be put on the track for the first time during the test in Valencia. The 'W' in the name already adorned the original Silver Arrows from Caracciola & Co. In Stuttgart, however, the around 600 guests have not yet seen the new model. Since the car was not ready in time for the 2010 season, the old Brawn BGP001 was simply wrapped in the new silver dress.
Of course the entire F1 team was in Stuttgart. The two pilots Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg, the team management with Ross Brawn and Nick Fry and of course Norbert Haug, who didn’t have his voice, but the grin could not be banished from his face. 'We have a German national team that will become a world selection thanks to Brawn GP and Petronas,' said Zetsche, describing his new team.
Daimler also invited employees from the factories in Untertürkheim and Sindelfingen to the big Mercedes party. 100 workers were rewarded for their good performance, the employees had to fight for the remaining 100 places on the Daimler intranet. In 20 seconds the contingent was sold out, the CEO proudly declared: 'It is the most coveted press conference that has ever taken place in the Mercedes Museum,' said Zetsche. 'That shows the attraction of our new Formula 1 team.'
Mercedes used the large train station to advertise its green technologies. The two pilots drove up in a hydrogen-powered B-Class.