It’s only when you get a look at pictures of the 2009 F1 cars alongside their 2008 predecessors that you realise how drastic the new 2009 rules are.
Here’s some pictures of the 2009 Ferrari, McLaren, BMW and Toyota alongside last year’s cars.
Update – Pictures of all the 2009 F1 cars here:
- McLaren-Mercedes MP4/24
- Ferrari F60
- BMW F1.09
- Renault R29
- Toyota TF109
- Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4
- Red Bull-Renault RB5
- Williams-Toyota FW31
- Force India-Mercedes VJM02
- Brawn GP-Mercedes BGP 001
Ferrari: F60 (2009) and F2008 (2008)
The top picture of the F60 and F2008 alongside each other shows not just how much wider the front wings are this year – but also how much lower they are. This is a major change over recent seasons where on several occasions the FIA has required teams to increase the heights of their front wings in a bid to make them work less effectively and reduce cornering speeds.
The incredible intricacy and sophistication of 2008-style F1 aerodynamics is out the window this year – with a few small exceptions. The odd pile of squiggles in front of the Ferrari side pods (also on the Williams FW31 and Toyota TF109) shows the rule makers haven’t been entirely successful in eradicating complex aerodynamics.
Ferrari have reduced the size of their exhausts which, as seen on the launch car above, were thought not to comply with the 2009 regulations. See this picture from testing yesterday.
McLaren: MP4/24 (2009) and MP4/23 (2008)
McLaren began testing this week using the 2009 car but with the 2008 rear wing. Am I the only one who thought it looked absolutely brilliant? The lower, wider rear wing looked great with the front wing in similar proportions. I’m not sold on the high, narrow rear wings yet – unless it turns out they really do allow the cars to follow each other more closely. See video of the McLaren testing here.
McLaren didn’t provide many studio pictures of its car when it was launched but some more recently became available. You can see them in the launch picture gallery here: McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video.
BMW: F1.09 (2009) and F1.08 (2008)
From its launch specification BMW’s F1.08 sprouted yet further aerodynamic appendages, becoming one of the visually complex creations on the 2008 grid. Much of that is gone now, but you have to wonder whether their famed Computations Fluid Dynamics-calculating supercomputer Albert II has helped them find better solutions to the challenges of the 2009 rules than their rivals have.
The square endplates on the front wing make it one of the less attractive 2009 racers for me.
Toyota: TF109 (2009) and TF108 (2008)
The high, narrow nose distinguishes the TF109 from its rivals rather like McLaren’s MP4-16 did in 2001. Many of these side-on shots give the impression that while the cars total overall length remains roughly the same in 2009, the wheelbase has gotten shorter.
If we get some studio pictures of the Renault R29, Williams FW31 and the other cars yet to be launched this year I’ll re-visit this post with some more images.
As ever I’d like to hear your opinions on that so please leave comments below. Editable versions of these images can be found on the F1 Fanatic drop.io for you to have a look at, and of course you can upload your own versions there as well. Here’s IDR’s mash-up of the Ferrari, Williams and McLaren:
2009 F1 car launch pictures
- BMW F1.09 unveiled – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)
- Renault R29 revealed in Portugal – pictures (2009 F1 car launches)
- Williams FW31 introduced in interim livery (2009 F1 car launches)
- McLaren MP4/24 revealed – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)
- Toyota reveals the TF109 – pictures and video (2009 F1 car launches)
- Ferrari F60 launched at Mugello – pictures & video (2009 F1 car launches)
- 2009 F1 car launch dates
Images copyright: Ferrari – Ferrari spa; McLaren – www.mclaren.com; BMW – BMW ag; Toyota – Toyota F1 World
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