Mercedes competition boss Norbert Haug believes that it is wrong to describe Mercedes GP’s original 2010 challenger as the “old” one.

Norbert Haug After the German team debuted a long-wheelbase iteration of its W01 chassis at last weekend’s Spanish GP – its improved handling was attributed to launching Michael Schumacher to a season’s-best (to-date) fourth placed finish – it was confirmed that the team would revert to the shorter-wheelbase configuration for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Team boss Ross Brawn clarified this as being “to allow for the steering lock required around this unique circuit", before adding that the newest aero parts – including the unusual roll-hoop treatment – would remain.

However, Haug has told the DPA news agency: "There is no ‘old’ and ‘new’ Silver Arrows.

"There is one with a longer wheelbase, as used in Barcelona, and one with a shorter wheelbase, as used in the previous four races," he continued.

Maybe it’s just me, but that sounds like ‘old’ and ‘new’ to me!

[Original image via Daylife]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.