Mercedes Unveil the F1 W03

The new Mercedes "Silver Bullet" W03 in Barcelona

Hi Racers

Finally, we get to see what Mercedes have come up with and it looks the “silver bullet” we were expecting.

It features the new stepped nose, and it doesnt look too bad actually. The colour scheme & advertising does tend to lower its impact, which is always good.

W03 in action

Team Principle Ross Brawn had this to say about the W03

“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,” Brawn said. “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.

“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.”

Unfortunetly, I’m unable to source the Tech Spec’s for the W03 at this stage.

Not long until the start of the 2012 season now!!

Keep Racing,

Vroom Vroom

 

Caterham F1 CT01 Revealed

Caterham F1 CT01

Hi Racers,

And so it begins, one of my favourite part of the pre season getting underway is the Formula 1 teams unveiling their new cars that will take their drivers through the new 2012 season.

Carterham were first cab off the rank, after initially hoping that their unveiling would be in the new edition of the F1 magazine, it didn’t go entirely as planned after a few UK readers received their magazines early and leaked the images. Carterham were quick to respond on Twitter (@MyCarterhamF1 ) and provide much clearer photos of the new Carterham F1 CT01.

 

The new "stepped" nose is evident.

 

The car is already being criticised as being “an ugly platypus” because of the ugly new nose design, however, Mike Gascoyne ( Chief Technical Officer ) confirmed the new “stepped ” nose exists to comply with the new standards limiting nose height.

For the full interview with Mike, go here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/carterham-f1-team/mike-gascoyne-introduces-the-carterham-ct01/10150648857188465

Carterham kept with the Green/Gold theme from Lotus in 2011

All in all, I don’t mind it. I think they have done a good job to introduce themselves as their own team, away from Lotus, that they were previously known for.

The Carterham F1 CT01 continues to house its Renault Sport F1 engine and Red Bull technology gearbox.

The new “stepped” nose certainly wont just be on the Carterham, prelim pictures that have been leaked of Ferrari, for example, show similar, “not so attractive” changes.

With changes to regulations this year, it’s expected that the cars we once knew will change.

Lets get geared up for Red Bulls unveiling! Only just past a week to go 🙂

 

Keep up with the countdown at http://www.redbullracing.com

 

Keep Racing

Vroom Vroom