February 21, 2012
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Mercedes' W03 features a large stepped nose
Mercedes are the final frontrunning team to release their 2012 F1 car, called the W03.
The Silver Arrows car has a distinctive nose design, featuring one of the highest steps on the grid so far. The bridge sections of the nose are particularly steep.
The W03 features a lower core weight than its predecessor. The Mercedes team noted that it took 4,500 parts to construct the W03, which is 200 more than the W02.
Over the last few months, the team have hired ex-Ferrari designer Aldo Costa, Renault engineer Bob Bell and Geoff Willis, who previously worked for BAR, Williams and Red Bull.
Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug has said that the aim from 2012 is to move into the top 3:
"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
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."
Team principal Ross Brawn called the stepped nose an “acquired taste”, but stated that the car is certainly a step forward from last year.
The W03 made its track debut in Barcelona today, with Michael Schumacher at the wheel.