Fairuz Fauzy driving the Lotus T127 at Barcelona today
F1 cars are in action at the Circuit de Catalunya today as the teams begin the final pre-season test of 2010.
Here are pictures from today’s test.
Images (C) Julien Leroy & F1 Fanatic
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f1 said on 25th February 2010, 12:58
Good fotos!!! Greetings from Poland:)
kaushal said on 25th February 2010, 13:01
GeeMac said on 25th February 2010, 13:16
Man that Louts looks good on the track!
explosiva said on 25th February 2010, 13:43
Agreed. It livery just rocks.
cyklo said on 25th February 2010, 13:16
How fast are the pit stops looking? Are they managing their claimed sub-3-seconds?
AP said on 25th February 2010, 13:18
have a look at the red bull headrest restraint..
It continues down past the wheel making the cockpit opening parallel from helmet area to the front.
maybe designed to stop unwanted air circulating into cockpit?!?!? since this that restraint always stopped just before to inline with the wheel.
explosiva said on 25th February 2010, 13:44
“past the wheel making the cockpit opening”?? I’m confused.
Do you mean the helmet visor hinge?
bosyber said on 25th February 2010, 14:04
I think he means that those ridges on the nose continue until past the cockpit opening, flowing into the cockpit sides, effectively deepening the cockpit (but with a low front edge), making the “bumps” due to the head side protection lower?
bosyber said on 25th February 2010, 14:12
… but looking at that top view of the red bull (http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/02/25/f1-testing-pictures-25th-february/julien_leroy_barcelona_firstlap-be__jle0062/ ) the nose ridges seem to stop before the cockpit front edge.
AP said on 25th February 2010, 15:26
no I mean the removable head rest restraint….the leading arms flow from the headrest to in front of the steering wheel. with only the smallest cut out to allow the wheel and hands not to hit against it.
Here is a pic of an old Jordan removable headrest restraint.
AP said on 25th February 2010, 15:29
here is more
I kinda go into more detail here as I was making one for my sim…
bosyber said on 25th February 2010, 15:51
Ah, right now I see what you mean. They really narrow the cockpit opening nicely. I find the slight cutouts to make space for hands on the steering wheel cute :)
explosiva said on 25th February 2010, 21:07
I see it now, too.
Re-Play- said on 25th February 2010, 13:30
thanks for this Great Pictures!
Sandman said on 25th February 2010, 14:23
Keith, do you have more horizontal pictures of the Renault?
They were supposed to launch new aero package today, so some hints about the rear and front wings would be awesome.
maciek said on 25th February 2010, 21:40
Whatever upgrades they brought aren’t very visible, that’s for sure.
Tom said on 25th February 2010, 14:25
Do they still have to wear all the helmets and safety gear for pit stops this year?
ajokay said on 25th February 2010, 16:16
Unfortunately, i should think so… It’s been a long long time since the carefree days of 1993 where they crew all stood around in shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses.
‘Elf an’ safety gone mad, I tells ya!
Ash said on 25th February 2010, 17:00
There were some pictures of, I think, the Williams crew changing tyres in shirtsleeves at the Valencia test.
Pat said on 25th February 2010, 14:25
No Maccas again !!! :(
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 25th February 2010, 17:33
There was one in the first batch I put up and I’ve just added more.
Pat said on 25th February 2010, 18:17
Well done old Bean !! :) Thank you.
commodore said on 25th February 2010, 14:42
Things not looking too good for Virgin. Another crash, another day’s testing wasted. I guess we kno who’s goin to play hostess
Pat said on 25th February 2010, 18:25
That’s exactly why they go testing, to find these gremlins before the season proper – although I must admit I’m a little surprised they have so few spares available at this late stage – but if they are still finalising the cars aero bits I s’pose no point in producing too many bits if they are going to change the design slightly for the final evolution – I understand it was the rear wing that failed today ??
Aleksandar Serbia said on 25th February 2010, 14:50
I just don’t get Williams, so much track success and never decided to create a super car,why Frank why?
Legacy will be forgotten if they do not start a project ”road car”
I must say it again!
F1 was made to launch a moons assault on the brands, that only advocate historic pedigree and past performance made eons ago, so one could build a marquee of great repute and admiration, thus setting the price tag level, or above the dinosaurs of the automotive success.
F1 is a perfect promotion and application of knowledge to a road car, opportunity wasted is never regained, Frank may never see the success and the awesome drivers he once possessed!
Ben said on 25th February 2010, 23:07
no it wasn’t. F1 is a racing series, brands have seen the link between success in racing and success in sales, but the two weren’t necessarily meant to be linked.
Hell, Ferrari starting selling cars to fund the racing team, not the other way around!
Teams like Williams are exactly what F1 needs, groups of people who exist solely to go racing. Not teams which will come and go depending on their car sales (ie the manufacturers).
Aleksandar Serbia said on 25th February 2010, 23:38
Missing the point Big Ben, i think we need privateers also to go in and push the barrier, but think for a moment, Mclaren really showed how it’s done!
If Williams goes broke, somebody will just buy the firm, re brand and go racing, if Mclaren does the same somebody will buy the firm and use the name and go racing!
My take on it is, that yes i like it more to see an underdog like Williams take on a big marquee, but in real life only what you leave behind that is tangible will remain!
Lotus was left in scraps,but they left a legacy of cars, that are legendary, nobody will buy a Lotus and re brand!
I do get your racing spirit and its fine to think that way, but you are a mear observer, a enthusiast if you will.
F1 is no longer a racing series, it is a commerce series,and if you think other vise, look at the long list of great teams gone to bust.
A team like Mclaren will only get bigger, maybe even start to produce low budget cars, their brand is so strong, a lot of middle class people will buy them, Wouldn’t you buy a Mclaren Suv for example rather than a Toyota?
I would, and that is the whole point!
Brand that can be sufficient like that, can be stronger, and when sponsorship money is reduced, has options, Williams doesn’t, that’s why you see them where they are right now!
You live in the privateer era which is long gone, F1 evolved, but you didn’t!
AP said on 25th February 2010, 15:33
looks as if Red Bull are the only team with the rev counter/data reader on the dash bulkhead and not incorporated into the wheel…even (from what I have seen) mclaren have it set in the wheel this year.
MinusTwo said on 25th February 2010, 16:05
These are exactly the kind of shots that people requested. It’s like you are our own personal photog at the test!
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 25th February 2010, 17:26
You’re welcome – Julien has been taking photos for us today so the credit goes to him, but I did pass some of your suggestions along and I think he’s done a terrific job.
Scribe said on 25th February 2010, 18:03
Looking on those pictures it looks a lot like McLaren have removed the undernose scoop. Can anyone confirm. I may be gone but the bottom of the nose looks like a lot cleaner here than at Jerez.
Andre said on 25th February 2010, 18:24
Anyone got anything on the new Ferrari Wheel Design? I saw a picture at http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/image/9549.html
but it doesnt really say what the purpose and idea behind is.
Fred said on 25th February 2010, 19:06
Read somethin about Ferrari developing some new technology to speed up tire changes, but haven’t heard the details. Could be related.
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