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Mercedes F1 W03 - revised sidepods 28 May 2012

Mercedes were running a heavily revised, almost B-spec car in Monaco. In addition to the new nose and carbon gearbox case already seen in Barcelona, there were new, narrower sidepods, which have required the team to do fresh front, rear and side crash tests in the last month. In the drawing you can see the larger channel (red arrow) between the sidepod and the vertical turning vane, designed to better energize the airflow to the rear of the car.