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

  2. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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! :)

  6. Prezio said on 21st February 2012, 10:32

    These black things on sidepods are exhaust outlets? I wonder if they are aimed to power up the DRS…

  7. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 21st February 2012, 10:38

    As others said, they do look happy.

    And there are so many little things they do different this year, which seem to make a lot of sense, so let’s hope they can mix in at the top!

    And then let’s have an all season battle between 6 champions!

  8. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 21st February 2012, 10:55

    For a fan that’s been a big supporter of BAR, Honda, Brawn and now Mercedes since I started following the sport, it would be fantastic to see them up there this year. Even since I saw anything of the W03, I’ve been completely convinced.

  9. Nose a bit like Mig-21! Should be finally at the same speed and maneuver… :-)

  10. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 21st February 2012, 14:45

    So strangely enough, last night I dreamed that Mercedes revealed their car and it had 2 noses done in a horseshoe shape on the front. Thank god that didn’t come true X)

  11. MW (@) said on 21st February 2012, 16:24

    The WO3 looks ok until you see it face on.. I’m actually very dissapointed with the “stepped nose situation” this year.

    The dimensional restrictions really shouldn’t force teams to drastically stunt the development of one part of the car..

    The reason it looks ugly is that it’s less organic.. appearance has always been important when it comes to motoring and motorsport.. Part of the beauty of the sport is to see how closely engineers can mimic naturally occuring things in machinary; suspension, safety structures, aerodynamics. These designs tend towards naturally occuring things like cheetahs legs, turtle shells and falcons. IMO the regulations need to restrict teams in a way that does not restrict this organic growth.

    I hope 2012 will be a tightly faught contest between 6 WDCs and some great teams, but it will always be remembered as an ugly year in F1. That’s unfortunate.

  12. BNK Racing said on 21st February 2012, 17:01

    am i the only one who thinks they havent changed their front wing design since the late brawn days? lol.

  13. f1geordie said on 21st February 2012, 17:16

    love how the colour of the mercedes is slowly getting more chrome like the mclaren. have to say the matte silver paint looked bad on the older mercedes.

  14. Rally Man (@rally-man) said on 21st February 2012, 17:25

    I’m sorry but it looks hidious.

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