Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

Mercedes W03 to make public debut as testing resumes

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012
Mercedes W03, Silverstone, 2012

In the round-up: Michael Schumacher will drive the new Mercedes W03 as testing resumes at the Circuit de Catalunya. A photo call will be held at 8:20am local time (7:20am in the UK).

Who are you supporting in 2012?

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Alex Wurz Returns to Williams F1 (Williams)

Williams F1 today welcomed its 2007 race driver Alex Wurz back to the team to act as a driver mentor. Alex will start his duties at this week?s Barcelona test before accompanying the team to races this season.”

‘No big surprises’ on new Mercedes (Autosport)

Norbert Haug: “I don’t think that your eye will be caught by any big surprises when you see the car during the unveiling. But I certainly hope that we have some clever solutions and we have some good ideas incorporated on the car.”

Alexander Sims via Twitter

“A rookie is expected to bring X million dollars to get a drive, especially in HRT.”

Analysis – Sauber C31 nose vent (F1)

Sauber’s new take on the solution… is perfectly legal thanks to its location and smaller size.”

More sense to open Formula One season in Bahrain, say organisers (The National)

Bahrain Grand Prix chief executive Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa: “To start in Bahrain would have made sense because it is the perfect time. That to me is the strongest thing, you don’t have to offer anything [financially].”

A big hello to our new boy – and his bum! (The Sun)

“The security guard who greeted [Vitaly Petrov] just before midnight had been sworn to secrecy about the mystery visitor who would be arriving that night. But the temptation to text his friends and tell them who he had just met must have been immense.”

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Comment(s) of the day

Just how many F1 cars are parked in London at the moment?

For anyone in central London today: Mercedes and Williams have F1 cars on display outside the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET ?ǣ just off Parliament Square).

Don?t forget the McLaren on display at 1 Hyde Park (near Knightsbridge tube) and they used to have Damon Hill?s 1994 Williams on the ceiling of the Sports Cafe on Haymarket (Piccadilly tube) which may still be there

Talking about F1 cars in London, Zanardi’s 1999 Williams is on Fleet St, nearer the St Paul’s end. Saw it the other day (really random) in the foyer of some business building.

And I think Schumacher?s 2005 Ferrari is still in the Ferrari store on Regents Street.

So that’s six f1 cars you could see in London today!

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On this day in F1

The Bahrain race organisers bowed to the inevitable and postponed the season-opening race on this day last year.

But the race wasn’t cancelled for good for many more months: