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2012

The F1 W03 was the third Silver Arrow of the new era, and like its two predecessors, it was driven by record F1 championship winner Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. In the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix staged in Shanghai, Rosberg claimed not only a maiden pole position but also the first ever race win for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS. Between them, the Rosberg/Schumacher line-up made three podium appearances in the 2012 season.

The car concept was based on a largely stable set of technical regulations, which nevertheless include two significant changes: revision of the maximum bodywork height at the front of the car, which encouraged the distinctive stepped-nose design; and new restrictions concerning the positioning of the exhausts, designed to prevent the aerodynamic benefit gained from exhaust gases during 2011, the so-called 'blown diffuser'.

The F1 W03 project was begun in May 2011 and is the first full car produced by a technical team that was strengthened last year with recruitments at every level of the organisation. The car, which was composed of some 4,500 parts compared to 4300 parts in 2011, had nevertheless achieved a lower core weight than its predecessor, was better packaged and more efficient. All mandatory FIA crash tests had been successfully completed at the first attempt by the end of the first week of January 2012.

Technical Specifications

Construction Moulded carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension Wishbone and pushrod (front)/pullrod (rear) activated torsion springs and rockers
Dampers Penske
Wheels BBS forged magnesium
Tyres Pirelli
Brakes Brembo calipers
Brake discs/pads Carbon/Carbon
Steering Power assisted rack and pinion
Steering wheel Carbon-fibre construction
Electronics FIA standard ECU and FIA homologated electronic and electrical system
Gearbox Seven-speed unit with cast aluminium maincase
Gear selection Sequential, semi-automatic, hydraulic activation
Clutch Carbon plate
Overall length 4800mm
Overall height 950mm
Overall width 1800mm
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO108Z
Capacity 2.4 litres
Cylinders 8
Maximum rpm 18,000 (maximum FIA regulation)
Bank angle 90°
Piston bore 98mm (maximum FIA regulation)
No of valves 32
Weight 95kg (minimum FIA regulation weight)

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