Picture: Mercedes W03 spied at Silverstone

2012 F1 cars

Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

The Mercedes W03 broke cover at Silverstone yesterday as the team put the car through a 100km shakedown test.

The images above and below of Michael Schumacher driving the car were taken and sent in by a reader.

It shows Mercedes have adopted an aggressive stepped nose on the W03.

Mercedes have also released footage of Nico Rosberg driving the car including helmet camera footage:


Here is a video shot of the car testing yesterday:


Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

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116 comments on Picture: Mercedes W03 spied at Silverstone

  1. Maciek (@maciek) said on 17th February 2012, 20:39

    Cool of them to release a video like this – way better (and purer) than the ooh, aah, shadows, cue the techno music Red Bull stuff.

    And I don’t really get this ‘have McLaren missed something’ line of thinking – they’ve kept the nose low on their car throughout recent years and as far as I can tell only RB have been faster, so obviously both approaches can produce the fastest cars on the grid.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 17th February 2012, 21:42

    Bit of a shame that the nose doesn’t look as elegant as the Lotus but performance beats looks I guess.

  3. schooner (@schooner) said on 18th February 2012, 0:02

    After seeing these photos, I guess it’s official. The McLaren is the only one of the new crop without the “stepped” nose. It amazes me that they came up with (or are sticking to?) what surely must be a radically different front suspension geometry than any other team on the 2012 grid. Hope they got it right!

  4. Nestor said on 18th February 2012, 12:04

    Ok, everybody is talking about the nose, but what’s up with the shark fins? RBR had it,Ferrari had it etc.
    What has changed in regulations so now nobody has them?

  5. Bobdredds (@bobdredds) said on 18th February 2012, 16:16

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Hell no it’s just the interpetation of F1’s new regulations. :)

  6. fantastic car…..hopefully the team will become the champion this year…

  7. Paxter said on 19th February 2012, 16:48

    I am not 100 percent sure but there is a new huge petronas poster near klia (malaysia main airport) it has a side profile of the w03 the front nose looks more arrow head like and much more nicer than the picture above. I saw it on my way to the airport in the cab. The slope is more shaped than the Ferrari

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