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Mercedes Grand Prix launch new livery - The MGP W01 is revealed in Stuttgart

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Journalists are heading to Stuttgart this morning to watch the unveiling of the new Mercedes team colours and livery. Although the new chassis is not expected to be unveiled until next month, Monday will see the official rebranding of last year's championship winning Brawn GP team.

The event is scheduled to start at 11am local time (10am GMT), and will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

Updated: The teams new look was officially unveiled under a dazzling array of media lights, making it difficult to pick out the chosen colour scheme. Eventually it became apparent that Mercedes have gone with a silver and turquoise livery, while Mercedes GP's first chassis, which is to be revealed on 1 February, will be named the MGP W01.

Ross Brawn, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Norbert Haug and Nick Fry line-up for the cameras at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Credit: Daimler AG

An accompanying press release pointed out that over 600 guests attended the launch, which saw drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher reveal their new race suits and the cars paint scheme.

Speaking at the event, Team Principal, Ross Brawn said:

It is a privilege to be here at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart today for the official presentation of the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. With your first look around the Museum, you realise the fantastic racing heritage of Mercedes-Benz and we hope to be able to contribute to those successes going forward.

Michael Schumacher, who will drive car number three this season, sounded pleased that the 2010 season finally appeared to be getting underway, and was only to happy to be associated with Mercedes once more.

Driving for Mercedes-Benz again is like the closing of a circle for me as I started my racing driver career with the three-pointed star on my helmet. This is another reason why I cannot wait for the competition to get underway.

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher show off their new racing colours together at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
Credit: Daimler AG

Nico Rosberg can't wait to get in the car and begin testing, he was keen to highlight the international aspects of the team and praise everybody's efforts.

Since joining the team in November, I have spent a lot of time at the factory in Brackley, at Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines in Brixworth and here in Stuttgart, which has given me the opportunity to settle in and get to know everyone.

I am looking forward to working with everyone at Mercedes Grand Prix and will give it my all to reward their fantastic efforts with good on-track results this season.

Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, Norbert Haug added:

The new Formula One season will offer challenges which will be bigger than ever before in over sixty years of the sport’s history. We look forward to the cooperation with our drivers Nico Rosberg who has enormous capabilities and perspectives, and with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher who is no less motivated than at the time when he began his professional motor racing career with Mercedes-Benz and then made his first step into such a successful Formula One career with our support.

Additionally, prior to today's announcement, Mercedes GP released the following teaser video which seems to show a more metallic looking livery. It might be the lighting, or it may indicate the team made some late changes to the final look.

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