Private Barcelona test for Mercedes W03

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Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

In the round-up: Mercedes complete a full day of testing with their new W03 at the Circuit de Catalunya.


Mercedes via Twitter

“[The] W03 had a second track outing today as we completed a private test in Barcelona. Michael [Schumacher] drove this morning and Nico [Rosberg] this afternoon. Over 300km completed for our testing programme with the new car. To confirm: under the testing agreement, not running on the final day of the team test in Jerez allowed us to nominate a private test day.”

Mercedes conducts full test at Barcelona with W03 (Adam Cooper)

“Although the reduced running with the new car is obviously a handicap ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ with only the two four day tests at Barcelona still to come ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ Mercedes won back an extra day with the W03 by using only three of the four available days at Jerez with the old car. Under the testing agreement, missing that day earned the team a private test, which it utilised today ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ with no prying eyes and no red flags caused by others to disrupt running.”

BIC all set for ‘Unif1ed’ Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit)

Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa: “Based on the success of past Grands Prix, we are all together looking forward to staging yet another spectacular Formula One weekend. We are excited about making Bahrain proud and for the whole world to see that we are indeed One Nation in Celebration.”

Petrov ready to fly (Sky)

“They have KERS and in August they will move to a new factory. I like what they are doing and I like to be part of this team.”

Mike Gascoyne via Twitter

“On the F1 side will still be at most races with Caterham F1 for the next few years. Have to be there for our first points and podiums.”

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Comment of the day

Journeyer on Italy’s F1 driver drought:

I think Italy?σΤιΌΤδσs priorities are very clear. They sure were in 1983 at Imola. Riccardo Patrese was leading and was set to take his first home win. But when Patrese made a mistake and crashed out, the crowd roared in cheer, because it allowed the Frenchman Patrick Tambay to win.

What was Tambay driving? A Ferrari, of course.

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100 comments on Private Barcelona test for Mercedes W03

  1. The best Mers

  2. My forum post about the latest on the Bahrain GP made it to the Daily Round-Up thanx to @KeithCollantine :D

    Here’s a direct link to my post

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 20th February 2012, 17:04

      I admit I am rather sceptical in expecting any good to come from hosting a GP in Bahrain currently @LAK, but if it really goes ahead, I wish all of you there wisdom and luck in making it a positive event for everyone in Bahrain, regardless of their views of the government, or politics in general.
      And one without need for restricting free press, rights of expression of one’s thoughts and views and mainly without any violence.

      • Thank you for your wishes @BasCB I do appreciate it. I hope all goes well too as the people of Bahrain do deserve it.

        It’s interesting how the International view has begun to change in regards to Bahrain. Yesterday at the press conference I met Gary Meenaghan, an F1 journalist, and he was saying how surprised he was to see that the country is very peaceful and that there is nothing really going on! It’s nothing like what we see on TV he said. So I’m sure many people will feel the same way once they come out here and see for themselves. :)

  3. Snafu (@snafu) said on 20th February 2012, 17:48

    I don’t get all this hype on mercedes’s F-duct or secret weapon! the idea of front wing F-duct came to attention of all teams before Abu dhabi test! if they wanted to copy it, they already have!

    • Bobdredds (@bobdredds) said on 20th February 2012, 18:36

      Haug says there are no big surprises on the WO3 but then goes on to say “I certainly hope that we have some clever solutions and we have some good ideas incorporated on the car”. Personally that doesn’t tell me much and he’s simply being conservative in my view. I can see how others will read it differently.

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