Presentation of new cars Mercedes F1 W03
Before the first day of the second series of pre-season tests" class="posttag">tests, the team Mercedes AMG Petronas has introduced a new car in the pit lane race track in Barcelona. At 820 local time held a short photo - Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg pulled the protective veil with W03, and an hour the car left the boxes to start the first tests" class="posttag">tests.
If in the majority of the teams presented their new car in front of the first series of tests" class="posttag">tests, the Mercedes decided to spend more time in the wind tunnel, and on the very first tests" class="posttag">tests focus on the assessment of the effectiveness of the new tyres Pirelli with the previous year's car. W03 was the first break in a few days before the presentation - for this was leased circuit at Silverstone. The command connects serious expectations with a new car, hoping to make progress in the year 2012.
Ross Brown, the head of the team "I with great certainty waiting for the debut of W03, the team has done a very serious work, I hope, the machine will allow us to achieve good results. But the form of nose fairing, which became a consequence of new rules, W03 became an elegant interpretation of new regulations - this is a big step forward compared to last the machine, including the attention to detail.
In the past year we used a very courageous approach, and although not always radical solutions allowed to achieve the results we expected, this experience was invaluable for the development of W03. The appearance of the new car was the result of ever-closer integration between our engineers in and , allowed to increase the efficiency of the team".
Norbert Haug, vice president Mercedes Motorsport "the Process of building the team continues, in the past two years, we finished the season in fourth place in the Cup of designers and want to achieve more integrated in the dispute for the victory. It will take time and will require a great effort, but we are doing our best and we are sure that in the end will be able to achieve the goal.
We need to move forward step by step. Defeat of the Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren will be very difficult, but that is the goal. We're still a young team, a lot to learn, but this process is going on - I have a feeling that we are moving in the right direction.
I think, our designers coped well with their work. The "step" on fiberglass nose still have to get used to, but after a time machine capable of winning races, will seem to be pretty, though our W03 now it seems to me beautiful".
Work on the project W03 began in may of 2011, but the rules several times specified, and the team made adjustments to the design. On fiberglass nose W03 is characteristic of "step ". The machine consists of approximately 4500 parts against 4200 details at last year's MGP W02, she has a better to lower the center of gravity. All mandatory crash-tests" class="posttag">tests of the FIA new car passed by the end of the first week of January 2012.
Chassis Structure of carbon and cellular composite materials
Suspension Triangular levers and torsion springs with rods/pushers
Shock Absorbers Penske Moving. Electronics the Standard ECU
Wheel disks BBS forged magnesium. Bus Pirelli
Brakes Ventilated carbon disks and pads Brembo
Gearbox Semi-automatic transmission with hydraulic drive in aluminum housing.
Length 4800 mm. Height 950 mm. Width 1800 mm.
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO108Z. 2.4 liter 8 cylinder. 18000. Weight 95.
Nico Rosberg "Before the start of the test program W03 the teams have very positive expectations, during the break I drove a few laps behind the wheel of a new car - the first impressions were very positive.
The machine looks good, it really is very harmonious, which once again proved the effectiveness of cooperation of different departments of our team - from the first circles we have been able to focus on the execution of the test program. It will be interesting to estimate its speed in a few weeks".
Michael Schumacher "I have repeatedly participated in the break-in and testing of new machinery, but even after many years in Formula 1 today, I feel a special feeling. The team with impatience and hope waiting for this day, last week, when we had the first break in W03, the machine has left a good impression. Now we'll work hard to make it more competitive.
In the coming weeks we should do better to be able to assess the balance of forces and understand how a big step forward made the team, but now I can say that our guys in and perfectly coped with their work, I would like to thank them worthy results. I'm looking forward to the new season."