Mercedes W03 officially revealed in Spain

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The Mercedes W03 has been shown off for the first time at the Circuit de Catalunya.

As seen in the spy shots last week, the W03 has a pronounced step in its nose, similar to that of several other F1 cars.

Team principal Ross Brawn said: “Notwithstanding the distinctive nose design, which is certainly an acquired taste, the F1 W03 is an elegant interpretation of the current regulations, and a clear step forward over its predecessor in terms of detail design and sophistication.

“Last year, we produced a very bold car and, although its more radical elements didn’t always deliver the results we had hoped for, the experience we gained has been invaluable to the design of the 2012 car.”

Mercedes will have high expectations of the W03 following the strengthening of its technical team over the last 12 months, which included the hiring of Aldo Costa, Geoff Willis and Bob Bell.

Vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug said: “2012 will mark the third season for our Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows works team, which was introduced in January 2010, and our target is to take a step forward in on-track performance.

“A lot of work has been done throughout the last year, not just to design the new car but also to build a technical organisation that is capable of delivering to its full potential, with consistency. Our ultimate goal is to become regular race winners and championship contenders, and so to write another chapter of success in the story of the Silver Arrows which began 78 years ago.”

The team revealed the car is built of 4,500 parts – 200 more than its predecessor – and has a lower “core weight” than the W02, before ballast is added to bring it up to the minimum limit. They added the car passed all the FIA crash tests at its first attempt last month.

Mercedes tested the car at the Circuit de Catalunya prior to the start of today’s test.

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79 comments on Mercedes W03 officially revealed in Spain

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 21st February 2012, 7:42

    Hopefully, this is the car that will give Nico Rosberg his first, long=overdue victory.

  2. ivz (@ivz) said on 21st February 2012, 7:43

    Wow, very aggressive nose. Looks kinda good. Makes the Ferrari and Williams version look…………dull……….like they didn’t bother with that part of the car.

  3. kkierann said on 21st February 2012, 7:45

    looks good, they all look very happy, hopefully this car can spring a surprise

    • Yeah, they are all in a kind of “battle of wits” …. Horner told us they were hiding EBD in last season opener, therefore it seems they have nothing to hide this season? ….. lets hope.

      The more reason Newey is nervous a bit? …. time will tell.

  4. Hare (@hare) said on 21st February 2012, 7:48

    Seems to have raised outer edges to the stepped nose, and a smoother inner profile. They may have got around the nose height rules a little better than others..

  5. ivz (@ivz) said on 21st February 2012, 7:49

    Its funny when you think about it, the McLaren MP4-27 is going to look like the odd one out, lol.

    • nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 21st February 2012, 8:28

      strange how alot of the teams have taken mclarens idea of the ovehead cooling just behind the T bar ..yet mclaren have dropped that idea..?

      • Optimaximal said on 21st February 2012, 10:17

        McLaren had the rollbar cooling last year to work around the L-shaped side-pods allowing less air in.

        It’s worth noting that all the Ferrari-engined cars have the additional inlets, be them on top (Ferrari, Sauber) or under the main inlet (TR).

  6. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 21st February 2012, 7:54

    I kind of like it actually. I’m very much used to the stepped noses now, so I can see past them and judge the cars on the beauty of the rest of it. But that colour scheme is just… I don’t know. It does nothing for me.

    • Mike (@mike) said on 21st February 2012, 8:00

      Last years Merc was a much prettier car… As long as this one performs then it doesn’t really matter… But it’s definitely not a looker.

    • Girts (@girts) said on 21st February 2012, 8:06

      The colour scheme is really too unimpressive but I like the touch of turqoise. The nose solution is quite interesting.

      • paxter said on 21st February 2012, 8:10

        I dont think you can run that far if they were them… merc = silver arrow Petronas = turquoise

        • I agree @Mike. The 2011 merc was in profile at least the best looking car on the grid – I really liked it’s high wide nose. Shame it had Mercedes awful colour scheme and was slow. This nose profile is one of the better 2012 designs. Testing this week will be interesting!

  7. Milansson (@milansson) said on 21st February 2012, 7:58

    When I saw the spy pics last week, I was dissapointed.. Maybe it’s because I’m a fan of the Mercedes AMG team, but this nose does not look bad at all!!!

    looking forward to see more pictures

  8. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 21st February 2012, 8:00

    Looks nice.

  9. paxter said on 21st February 2012, 8:01

    CAR looks actually really good! hope it moves as good as it looks!

  10. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 21st February 2012, 8:16

    Any word on the front wing? That is after all probably the biggest rumour surrounding this car…

  11. I know they’d always smile for pictures, but do they look particularly pleased with themselves to anyone else? ;)

    • Girts (@girts) said on 21st February 2012, 8:22

      Indeed, both look extraordinarily happy and the first statements are very optimistic, too.

      • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 21st February 2012, 8:30

        @Girts Well they can’t really say ‘Oh I don’t like this car and I don’t think we’ll be getting any improvements this year’, can they?

        I hope they can take their team to the next level and join the top 3, I’d love to see Schumi back on top again, and I’m almost certain that most people here would feel slightly happy if he could challenge for wins..

  12. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 21st February 2012, 8:29

    its strange how alot of the teams have taken mclarens idea of the ovehead cooling just behind the T bar ..yet mclaren have dropped that idea..?

  13. Hopefully it’s performance won’t be W03full.

  14. Adrian J (@adrian-j) said on 21st February 2012, 8:59

    Looks like they replaced Schumi with a cardboard cutout in the first photo!!

  15. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 21st February 2012, 9:24

    Not too bad looking actually. I wish Mike Shoe was sitting at a bit more of an angle in the second picture though, it would help obsure the step a bit!

  16. the bit connecting the wing to the nose sees pretty thick what is it hiding?Most likely th f-duct wing

  17. Toro Loco (@toro-loco) said on 21st February 2012, 9:37

    Anyone noticed they went with a total different DRS approach? Where’s the system on the back wing? I looked at the shakedown’s leaked pictures and there isn’t any visible, even though the wing is opened!

    • Arijit (@arijitmaniac) said on 21st February 2012, 9:47

      I think the DRS actuator is present in the rear-wind end-plates. Lot of the teams had this design last year and eventually almost all switched to having the actuator on the main plane of the wing. Don’t know what was rationale and dont know what made Mercedes revert to the old design.

  18. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 21st February 2012, 9:43

    I love it! Different and impressive, let’s just hope it drives well.

  19. Rammstein (@rammstein123) said on 21st February 2012, 10:15

    What a great day for Germany. All of Germany is proud and feeling much excitement for 2012 F1.

    • Shimks (@shimks) said on 21st February 2012, 11:42

      I really like it that we seem to have a few national teams now.

      The most nationalistic seem to be McLaren and Mercedes, whose drivers are both from their respective countries. Then there’s HRT, based in Spain with one Spanish driver. Ferrari will always be very Italian, regardless who is driving for them. And Sauber is very Swiss but not the drivers.

      Amazing the balance of F1 teams (locations/personnel) is so strongly British-based. Why is that? Or am I wrong and it just seems that way to me?

      Anyway, as this article is about Mercedes: Good luck Germany and Mercedes and let’s have the righteous Schumi comeback many want to see.

  20. Calum (@calum) said on 21st February 2012, 10:29

    What did I say about the W02 last year? Something along the lines of that’s a race winner for sure: I’m saying the same about the W03 this year, albeit more confidently! :)

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