The winner that foretold F1's new era

The winner that foretold F1's new era

Stewart Williams takes a look at the first of the new-era Silver Arrows to hit its target - the W03, Mercedes' first winner ahead of its F1 domination

Mercedes returned to Formula 1 in 2010 after a 55-year break, to high hopes all round. It took over the champion Brawn GP team and lured seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher out of retirement to join the talented Nico Rosberg. Now all it needed was a car to make it a winner again.

In truth, this long-awaited comeback didn't bear fruit straight away, with only three podiums for Rosberg in 2010 and none at all in '11. Despite Mercedes' hugely experienced staff and the advantage of having its own engine plant in nearby Brixworth, it was time to step performances up a notch.

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