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Things looked bright for Mercedes early in the year and, despite a sluggish start in Australia and Malaysia, looked set to get better when Nico Rosberg claimed both his first pole and maiden win at Shanghai International Circuit, following them up with second in Monaco. The W03 appeared to have stolen a march on its rivals with its front wing stalling idea but, almost as soon as the opposition began to consider the new threat, Rosberg and the Three Pointed Star began to fade. Over the second half of the season, only fifth in Singapore represented a decent return for the German, who then failed to score in the final six races. A new challenge awaits in 2013, with former karting team-mate Lewis Hamilton joining Mercedes in place of Michael Schumacher.