Tag Archive: W02

Apr 25

Michael Schumacher to drive 2011 Formula 1 Silver Arrow on Nürburgring Nordschleife

May 19th before the start of the 24-hour race around the Nürburgring

2011-07-21 - Michael Schumacher (2)On Sunday 19th May 2013 before the start of the 24-hour race around the Nürburgring, seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher will take to the track.

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Feb 10

Mercedes fast with radical 2012 ‘F-duct’ front wing

In Nico Rosberg’s hands, the W02 was quickest of all on Thursday, just as it had been when Michael Schumacher was driving earlier.

2012-02-10 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 - Jerez - Nico Rosberg 032012-02-10 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - MGP W02 - Jerez - Nico Rosberg 01Alongside step noses, clever exhausts and Lotus’ surprise pace, another point of interest in the Jerez paddock this week is Mercedes’ radical front wing. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said the German team, albeit still running its 2011 car, tested a new front wing featuring a passive F-duct style system.

(More pictures of the new MPG W02)

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Dec 19

2012 McLaren to be launched before Jerez test

McLaren has become the latest team to reveal details about the launch of its 2012 car.

02 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2011-11-26 - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Brazil - Jenson Button 05Direct rivals Red Bull and Ferrari have already announced that their next single seaters will be ready for the start of the opening test of the 2012 pre-season.

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Dec 07

Rosberg not worried career could be winless

Nico Rosberg verged on losing his temper on Tuesday when asked by French sports daily L’Equipe about his alarming race-to-win ratio.

2011-11-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Brazil - Nico Rosberg 052011-10-29 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - India - Nico Rosberg 01In 2011, the German scored over 50 fewer points compared to his first season with Mercedes last year, and yet he has signed on for a new multi-year term. He was asked if he is alarmed that, more than 100 grands prix in and at the age of 26, he could be heading for a long and winless career.

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Nov 23

Brawn to consider 2013 with Schumacher mid next year

Ross Brawn will turn his attention to Michael Schumacher’s expiring contract in the middle of next season.

2011-10-14 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Korea - Michael Schumacher 052011-11-13 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Abu Dhabi - Ross Brawn 01Mercedes’ other driver Nico Rosberg has already inked a new deal beyond next year, but there have been questions about Schumacher’s desire to keep racing and also speculation linking Kimi Raikkonen to the seat in 2013.

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Sep 08

Massa contract ‘safe’ for 2012 – Domenicali

Massa tips Mercedes for Monza surprise

2011-06-12_04592011-06-26 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro - Spain - Felipe Massa 04Felipe Massa is not going anywhere for now, insists Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali. Since his championship tilt of 2008, Brazilian Massa has struggled to get on terms with his new teammate Fernando Alonso.

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Jul 06

Vettel title loss would be ‘strange’ – Brawn

It would be “very strange” if Sebastian Vettel did not go on to win his second drivers’ title in 2011.

2011-06-26 - Red Bull Racing - Spain - Sebastian Vettel 012011-06-30 - FOTA - Martin Whitmarsh Chairman of FOTA and Team Principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - Ross Brawn 01That is the claim of Mercedes GP team boss Ross Brawn, who told the SID news agency he has no qualms nominating Red Bull’s runaway championship leader as the unassailable favourite for 2011 spoils.

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Jun 10

Mercedes keeps working with eye on 2012

The signs are growing stronger that Mercedes are turning their winning ambitions towards the 2012 season.

2011-06-09_00162011-05-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Monaco - 02Although the German squad has not given up on the current W02 car, team boss Ross Brawn said recently Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg will need to wait until next season to have truly “excellent” machinery in their hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 06

Mercedes loudest F1 car in 2011

The Mercedes is the loudest formula one car in 2011.

2011-05-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Monaco - Michael Schumacher 022011-05-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Monaco - 01That is the finding of the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, after testing the volume of this year’s field trackside in Monaco just over a week ago. The silver W02 registered 127.8 decibels, which is louder than the average human pain threshold, and nearly as loud as a military jet aircraft take-off with afterburner at 50 feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 01

2012 Mercedes will be ‘excellent’ – Brawn

“We have all the elements we need to have an excellent car next season”

2011-05-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Monaco - Nico Rosberg 112011-05-28 - Mercedes GP Petronas - Monaco - Nico Rosberg 07Nico Rosberg might have to wait until 2012 for an “excellent” car, Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn has admitted. Within the next few races, the 25-year-old German will clock up the unenviable statistic of having competed in 100 grands prix without a single win. Read the rest of this entry »

May 23

Rosberg would have liked team order in Spain

Whoever wants to pass, must pass” – Norbert Haug

2011-05-20 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Spain - Nico Rosberg 072011-05-07 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Turkey - Nico Rosberg 05Michael Schumacher was happy with his step forward in Barcelona, while his teammate Nico Rosberg rued a step backwards. After the “big joy” saga following Schumacher’s poor showing in Turkey two weeks ago, Rosberg was narrowly beaten to sixth place in the Spanish grand prix by his famous teammate. Read the rest of this entry »

May 13

Schumacher still strong insists Rosberg

“He is and remains the most successful racing driver of all time”

2011-04-09 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Malaysia - Michael Schumacher 022011-03-26 - Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - Australia - Nico Rosberg - Michael Schumacher 01Nico Rosberg insists he is not getting complacent after proving stronger than his famous Mercedes teammate in the past two seasons. Ever since seven time world champion Michael Schumacher returned from retirement in 2010, it has been 25-year-old Rosberg regularly setting the pace at the wheel of the Silver Arrows. Read the rest of this entry »

May 09

No Turkish champagne for underage Vettel

Red Bull wary but Vettel ‘top of his game’

2011-05-07 - Red Bull Racing - Turkey - Sebastian Vettel 42011-05-07 - Red Bull Racing - Turkey - Sebastian Vettel 2Sebastian Vettel was banned from drinking champagne on the podium as he celebrated winning Sunday’s Turkish grand prix. British newspapers The Sun and the Sunday Mirror report that the championship leader was told he must resist drinking the champagne due to Turkey’s new alcohol age limit of 24. Read the rest of this entry »

May 04

Turkey upgrade ‘fast’ admits Rosberg

“We need to keep pushing to try to get closer to Red Bull” – Rosberg

Nico Rosberg GP Chine2011-04-16- Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - China - Nico Rosberg 05After appearing to have podium-winning pace in China three weeks ago, Mercedes could be set to make another major step towards the front this weekend. Bild newspaper reports that Nico Rosberg tried the W02 car’s Istanbul upgrade in the Brackley simulator last week. Read the rest of this entry »

May 02

Drivers ask for DRS ban in Monaco

Overtaking aid could be “dangerous” on the famously tight barrier-lined streets

2010-05-16 - Force India F1 Team - Adrian Sutil - Vitantonio Liuzzi 012010-05-16 - Force India F1 Team - Vitantonio Liuzzi_1Heikki Kovalainen agrees that the moveable rear wing ‘DRS’ systems should be banned in Monaco later this month. His Team Lotus teammate Jarno Trulli said the overtaking aid could be “dangerous” and also ineffective on the famously tight barrier-lined streets.

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