2012 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car unveiled at winter testing in Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona: Last mogul to show face for this year’s Formula one season

Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona geared up for 2012 F1 season winter testing in Barcelona, while also standing in as the chosen ground to unveil the 2012 Silver Arrow, Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car. The F1 W03 race car will clock 8 full days of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona in the ongoing fortnight.

The 2012 race car underwent required simulation testing at Brackley and Brixworth, and Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg have had successful runs. The 2012 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car has incorporated changes as per new guidelines. This includes revision of height at the front of the car, namely nose height that has resulted in a new stepped-nose design. Changes pertaining to exhaust positioning that in no way augments aerodynamic benefit as was apparent in 2011 have resulted in a blown diffuser. The 2012 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car as a handiwork of 4500 parts in comparison to 4300 parts in its predecessor with this years race car being lighter.

Team Principal Ross Brawn had this to say. “The F1 W03 is a car that I believe, and hope, our team can be proud of, and which will deliver the on-track results that everybody has worked so hard to achieve.” “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.”

Team driver Nico Rosberg who got behind the wheels of the 2012 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car recently had this to say. “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. The F1 W03 is also a more integrated package, which reflects the ever-strengthening ties between our technical teams in Brackley and Brixworth, and demonstrates that our Silver Arrows works team is taking the next step forward in terms of on-track performance.”

After the first laps at Silverstone he added, “We have had a good start to our 2012 testing programme, and it was a great feeling to drive the first laps in the new F1 W03.” “The car looks good, and is very nicely packaged under the bodywork – all the parts are in harmony, which reflects how well the different departments of our team are working together.” “From the beginning of our running, we have been able to focus on understanding the car and making good progress with our test programme. It will be very interesting to learn more about where we stand in the next few weeks.”

Michael Schumacher will complete his first full day of official testing in the new F1 W03 car at Barcelona today had this to say. “I have done quite a few roll-outs and launches of new cars, but even after all these years, I must say it still feels special.” “Days like this are precious moments, as they are always filled with hope and anticipation. Already last week, when we were driving the F1 W03 for the very first time, it instantly gave us good feedback and sensations.”

F1 W03 launch – Michael Schumacher interview
F1 W03 launch – Nico Rosberg interview