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. JPPinilla (@jppinilla) said on 21st February 2012, 19:14

    Does anyone know why michael made today a few laps in intermediate tyres? He did so last year in a FP in dry conditions and don’t know why. Maybe to know how inters degradate when track is getting dry? I can’t imagine any other reason as with this conditions the information you can take is not notable, is it?.. Sorry about my english!

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 21st February 2012, 21:07

    I feel nervous saying that I think Mercedes have got it nailed but judging by what Nico said about the teams improved cohesion as a collective as well as that being transferred to the car in terms of optimised weight distribution, it just sounds too good to NOT bag a win. They seem to be speaking it up in a way that isn’t aloof or over-confident, but a sense of knowing professionalism and having the facility to make the car flexible to their needs.

  3. UKFan (@) said on 21st February 2012, 21:11

    Like I’ve said last week the car has nothing eye popping as we should had expected theres nothing more to be done anyways all these cars must have beautifully enginered part under the “hood”.

  4. Probably my favourite 2012 car. Beast looks and, at least imo, an awesome livery.

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