The Mercedes F1 W04 is the Formula One racing car built by Mercedes for the 2013 Formula One Season. Featuring a completely new design team, including former Ferrari engineer Aldo Costa, the team were hoping to build on a relatively disappointing 2012 where Mercedes finished fifth in the Constructors World Championship. This aim was successful in that the team won 3 races with the F1 W04 and finished second in the Constructors' Championship. The team scored points at every race in 2013.
The team's drivers for the 2013 season were 2012 Chinese Grand Prix winner, Nico Rosberg and 2008 World Drivers' Champion, Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg added to his sole race win from 2012 by taking race victories at Monaco and Silverstone, while Hamilton won his first race for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The F1 W04 was officially unveiled in Jerez on February 4th 2013, the day before commencement of the opening testing session of the season. Before being unveiled, the car was sent out on a "shakedown" run by Nico Rosberg for the cameras.
After some technical problems at the start of pre-season, the F1 W04 made a good showing in the first two tests, finishing second on day three in Jerez, and topping the timesheets on day 4 in Barcelona.
At the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton secured a maiden win for the team, ahead of Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes finished 2nd in the Constructors' Championship with 360 points, 6 points ahead of Ferrari.
|2013||Monaco Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg|
|British Grand Prix||Nico Rosberg|
|Hungarian Grand Prix||Lewis Hamilton||Maiden victory for Mercedes|
Complete Formula One ResultsEdit
|V T E||Mercedes Grand Prix|
44. Lewis Hamilton · 77. Valtteri Bottas
Juan Manuel Fangio (1954, 1955) · Lewis Hamilton (2014, 2015) · Nico Rosberg (2016)
Michael Schumacher · Juan Manuel Fangio · Nico Rosberg · Hans Herrmann · Karl Kling · Stirling Moss · André Simon · Piero Taruffi · Hermann Lang
Nick Fry · Bob Bell · Aldo Costa · Toto Wolff
Norbert Haug · Alfred Neubauer · Max Sailer · Rudolf Uhlenhaut · Paddy Lowe
W196 · W01 · W02 · W03 · W04 · W05 · W06 · W07 · W08