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Formula One 2012: Mercedes

November 26, 2012 -- Updated 1122 GMT (1922 HKT)
Michael Schumacher
Nico Rosberg

Team principal
Ross Brawn

Constructors' titles

Drivers' titles

Brackley, Britain

First year in Formula One

(CNN) -- Having taken over the world champion Brawn GP team ahead of the 2010 season, Mercedes have struggled to be serious title contenders in the past two years.

Despite a driver line-up including legendary German Michael Schumacher and his promising compatriot Nico Rosberg, the team again placed fourth last year and have earned only three podium finishes in that period.

The German manufacturer previously left F1 in 1955 after a two-year stint which earned two drivers' titles, but has not placed in the top three since Rosberg did so at the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Team principal Ross Brawn is no stranger to success, however, having also overseen six constructors' titles and five drivers' championships during a decade with Ferrari when Schumacher dominated F1.

Michael Schumacher

The seven-time world champion has been short of his peerless best since coming out of retirement in 2010, being outperformed by Rosberg for the last two years.

F1's most decorated driver showed glimpses of his old self at last year's Canadian Grand Prix, where he coped admirably with treacherous conditions to finish fourth.

The 43-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and will not want to tarnish his formidable reputation with a third indifferent season in a row.

If 2012 is Schumacher's final year in F1, he will want to add to his record haul of 91 grand prix wins before bowing out once and for all.

Nico Rosberg

Rosberg finished seventh in the drivers' standings for the second year in a row in 2011 as he again outshone his illustrious teammate.

The 26-year-old's best finishes were in China and Turkey, where he crossed the line in fifth.

Rosberg, the son of 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg, will want to return to -- and improve upon -- the form which saw him clinch three podium placings in 2010.

The former Williams driver committed his future to Mercedes in October 2011, and will be determined to achieve the first grand prix win of his career after 108 F1 starts so far.


Australia: Rosberg 12th, Schumacher DNF

Malaysia: Schumacher 10th, Rosberg 13th

China: Rosberg 1st, Schumacher DNF

Bahrain: Rosberg 5th, Schumacher 10th

Spain: Rosberg 7th, Schumacher DNF

Monaco: Rosberg 2nd, Schumacher DNF

Canada: Rosberg 6th, Schumacher DNF

Europe: Schumacher 3rd, Rosberg 6th

Britain: Schumacher 7th, Rosberg 15th

Germany: Schumacher 7th, Rosberg 10th

Hungary: Rosberg 10th, Schumacher 10th

Belgium: Schumacher 7th, Rosberg 11th

Italy: Schumacher 6th, Rosberg 7th

Singapore: Rosberg 5th, Schumacher DNF

Japan: Schumacher 11th, Rosberg DNF

Korea: Schumacher 13th, Rosberg DNF

India: Rosberg 11th, Schumacher 22nd

Abu Dhabi: Schumacher 11th, Rosberg DNF

Brazil: Schumacher 7th, Rosberg 15th

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