Geneva, Switzerland, Mar 02, 2010

On Tuesday 2 March, MERCEDES GP PETRONAS Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were at the Geneva Motor Show to present the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG safety car for the 2010 Formula One season to the worlds press.

Nico was behind the wheel and Michael in the passenger seat of the gullwing vehicle for this remarkable world premiere. As they drove onto the stage, they were greeted by Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board at Daimler AG and Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Both Formula One stars were clearly impressed by the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. As in previous seasons, the safety car will be in the capable hands of former Mercedes-Benz DTM driver Bernd Mayländer.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG replaces the SL 63 AMG as the official Formula One safety car. Its 6.3-litre V8 engine has a peak output of 420kW (571bhp) and a maximum torque of 650Nm, enabling the gullwing model to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds.

For the past 14 years, AMG have been the sole suppliers of the official Formula One safety car and the official Formula One medical car. As in 2008 and 2009, the C63 AMG Estate is the official Formula One medical car, responsible for ensuring rapid emergency response in the event of an accident.

Copyright © 2010, Mercedes-Benz-Blog. All rights reserved.