- F1 – It's Car Launch Week
Thats a nice looking Ferrari! I’d like to see the McLaren shinier, you know the mirror silver of recent times… 😉
Alonso to win the championship, but Vettel scrapping hard and Kimi getting the boot in aswell. I’d like to say Button for the championship, but he has to sort his Saturdays out- hope he can do it!Posted 6 years ago
Supposedly the Pirellis this year will have a wider operating temperature but also more wear which in theory (!) would suit Button in getting a decent qualifying and more consistent race performance.
Let’s hope for another year where RB, Ferrari, McL and Lotus all produce closely performing cars so that the drivers can really fight it out. (and ideally Merc but I can’t see them being consistently up there just yet).Posted 6 years ago
There a bit of speculation that Ferrari may be exploiting this loophole (as the nose seems higher than the others) – From ScarbsF1…
One means to circumvent the 2012\2013 nose rules is to use the fairing in a more aggressive way. The nose structure that forms the crash protection must not be higher than 550mm above the floor. However more airflow could be forced under the car for more downforce if the nose were higher. As the fairing is allowed to be as high as 625mm, this could form a new nose tip 75mm higher than the rules intended. With a shorter structure nose cone, the modesty fairing could instead be shaped to form a very high nose for better aerodynamic performance. This is likely to be viewed as marginal on the rules, but the rules do not preclude it.
Posted 6 years ago
I think McL have agreed with Merc that McL will be shiny/bright silver while Merc is more matt – I guess that that works historically as the story is that the silver Merc colour originally came from a time when they stripped all the paint off their cars to save weight leaving aluminium which would be dull silver.
A story exists that the origin of the Silver Arrows was accidental. The international governing body of motor sport prescribed for 1934 onwards a maximum weight limit of 750 kilograms for Grand Prix racing cars, excluding tyres and fuel. It is said that when in spring 1934 the Mercedes-Benz team placed its new Mercedes-Benz W25 on the scrutineering scales prior to the Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring, it allegedly recorded 751 kg (1,656 lb). Racing manager Alfred Neubauer and his driver Manfred von Brauchitsch, who both later published their memoires, claimed that they had the idea of scraping all the white paint from the bodywork. The story continues that the next day the shining silver aluminium beneath was exposed and scrutineering was passed. After the 350 hp (260 kW) car of v. Brauchitsch won the race, the nickname Silver Arrow was born, according to the legend.
 Weight story disputed
This story did not appear until Alfred Neubauer’s biography was published in 1958, and no reference to it has been found in contemporary sources. It since has been established that von Brauchitsch in 1932 had raced a streamlined SSKL on the AVUS which was called Silver Arrow in live radio coverage. Also, in 1934, both Mercedes and Auto Union had entered the Avusrennen, but the Mercedes cars were not able to start, and Auto Union did not succeed either. The next big event was the Eifelrennen, but as few cars complying to the new rules were ready, it was held for Formule Libre, so weight was no issue at that time.Posted 6 years ago
The Force India too – nice to see another vanity panel (as I wasn’t expecting many this year)
So will the RB have one? I can’t see it unless Adrian Newey can find a performance advantage – as suggested by scarbs for example.Posted 6 years ago
it’s to make the cars look better. it’s not allowed to be structural so in a crash, it’ll just fly off. So it will be on the car in the race.
basically the designers want the chassis high to allow air under while the rules dictate a Max height forward of the wheels to try and avoid drivers being hit by another car’s nose in a crash, hence the stepped noses. the vanity panels are over that Max height but because they’re not structural, they shouldn’t cause injury.Posted 6 years ago
New Sauber looks pretty tasty – and those side pods are very narrow. Look at the gap between the front edge of the side pods and the sticky-up aero bits* – space for mini winglets in there perhaps…
(*official technical terminology!)Posted 6 years agoglenpMember
There is a vanity panel – otherwise would be an abrupt step like last year. I think Merc have taken the regulation at face value a bit, whereas Ferrari have pushed to the limit and used the vanity panel for aerodynamic effect. As have Sauber.
So far I ave noticed:
– McLaren late on parade with a high chassis and have gone pullrod at the same time… will be bit of a learning curve, plus the back of that car is not as svelte as some others.
– Ferrari looks fabulous to my eyes.
– Red Bull ditto, but with even more extreme/absent gearbox – they are hiding something.
– Merc – meh.
– Sauber – looks pretty slim.
Testing tomorrow, plus more new cars. How sad am I? Love it.Posted 6 years ago
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