Haug: No surprises on W03
Mercedes' vice president of motorsport dampens innovation rumours
Last Updated: 20/02/12 2:04pm
Norbert Haug: Has said that there will be no technical surprises on the W03
Norbert Haug has played down suggestions that the new Mercedes MGP W03 will feature a dramatic design innovation.
Mercedes opted to delay the launch of their 2012 challenger until after the first pre-season test of the year in Jerez, in contrast to the rest of Formula One's midfield and front-running teams.
It had been speculated that the unveiling, which will take place on Tuesday, was held back because the team did not want to reveal an innovative piece of technology.
Mercedes' vice president of motorsport Haug has hinted that those hoping for a surprising design concept will be disappointed
"I don't think that your eye will be caught by any big surprises when you see the car during the unveiling," Haug told Autosport.
"But I certainly hope that we have some clever solutions and we have some good ideas incorporated on the car.
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"It's a good base to work from and certainly we will not turn the world upside down, but we do need to make a good step (with this car)."
Mercedes completed a private test with the new car on Sunday and will continue to develop it when the second pre-season test in Barcelona gets underway on Tuesday.
Haug admits that the team, who have twice finished fourth in the constructor's championship since their rebranding as Mercedes in 2010, need to make a step forward this year.
He added: "I wouldn't say that it's a new start. This car is the product of what we have learned in the last two years.
"We had three podium finishes in the first year, but last year we did not head in the right direction. We had some highs, like the Chinese Grand Prix when the track was front-tyre limited and the performance was a little better. But over the course of the year it wasn't good enough.
"To be a regular contender with Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren is quite a task. We need to learn, we need to develop our team in that direction and I'm sure that we can do that."