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Mercedes launch the F1 W03 ahead of Barcelona test // Brawn admits the nose takes some getting used to

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Mercedes launch the F1 W03 ahead of Barcelona test
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The Mercedes AMG team unveiled their new car for 2012 in Barcelona today, with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher present to reveal the F1 W03. The new car features the now traditional stepped nose and tweaked exhausts, but also has 200 more parts than last year’s chassis and still weighs less.

The car was given some brief private running in Silverstone, after Mercedes saved some miles by leaving the Jerez test a day early. It will now go on to complete both Barcelona tests to fully prepare for the 2012 season.

Speaking of the new car, Rosberg said: "The car looks good, and is very nicely packaged under the bodywork – all the parts are in harmony, which reflects how well the different departments of our team are working together. From the beginning of our running, we have been able to focus on understanding the car and making good progress with our test programme."

Meanwhile, Ross Brawn admitted the new nose style is an "acquired taste."