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Formula 1: Mercedes releases 2014 car sound, Schumacher message

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Though keeping its image under wraps for now, the Mercedes Formula 1 team released the sound of its new 2014 race car on Saturday, January 25 on YouTube. According to the team's Twitter feed, it will also pay tribute to former Mercedes driver and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher with a special message painted on the body of the car this week during pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain.

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Mercedes' 15-second clip of its 2014 W05sup driving at speed at Silverstone gives listeners a first sense of what the new V6 turbos will sound like in Formula 1, compared to the previous generation of V8s.

A longer team video, "2014, here we go," shows drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg speaking to the camera with partial and shadowed clips of the car edited throughout. "A new era," says Hamilton. "A technical revolution," says Rosberg. Mention of the hybrid nature of the new car is made as well.

According to the team's Twitter feed, during this week's pre-season testing in Jerez, the W05sup Mercedes 2014 car will feature a message on the side of it to former Mercedes driver, Michael Schumacher. The seven-time world champion remains hospitalized in a coma after a skiing accident last December.

The message is: "#KeepFightingMichael." Mercedes urged fans to retweet the message in support of the champion's struggle to recover from a serious brain injury incurred when he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing in the French Alps. Schumacher drove for Mercedes during his second comeback to the sport, from 2010 to 2012.

Pre-season testing for Formula 1 begins in Jerez on January 28. More testing sessions are planned for Bahrain in the weeks ahead as well.

Racing begins with the Australian Grand Prix on March 16.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. She is working with a historic racer from upstate New York on a book about racers and racing. Check out her blog at Motor Sport Muse.

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