Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team unveiled their F1 race car officially, finally. Everybody associated with the sport had started wondering why was the Mercedes team taking so long to reveal their 2012 F1 car, and just when everybody was about to run out of patience, we saw Michael Schumacher in his shining new Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car. Both Schumi and Nico Rosberg drove W03 for a total of of 50 kms each to get the feel of their new race car.
Mercedes F1 team is said to have purposely delayed the launch of their 2012 race car because have something special in their new car, which they do not want to be copied by other teams. When asked how true this reason can be, Mr Adrien Newey, award winning Red Bull F1 designer, said, “I was told by the German press, whether this is true or not, that the car was ready to run at the last test but they chose not to and why would that be? I said I’ve got no idea, but why you might choose to do that would be if you had some feature on your car which you think is a big benefit and which is relatively easily copied. I’m not saying that is the reason, but it’s a possible reason.”
Explaining more, Mr Newey added, “If you were prepared to simply go out and copy it because you think it’s such a blinding idea without actually evaluating it properly then you can cut a bit of time out of that. Last year where we put our exhausts on from the first test and McLaren had managed to copy (us), by their own admission, by the first race. I guess with hindsight we perhaps should have delayed that a bit longer. If it (Mercedes F1 car) comes out and goes three seconds quicker than anybody else, yes of course. Other than that, simply because it’s later doesn’t mean to say you are going to suddenly show more attention at that than anybody else’s. Of course you do look at other people’s cars but I generally find that at this time of the year the main thing to do is try and understand your own car rather than worry too much about what everybody else is doing.”
Update: Click here to read about the official launch of W03.