New F1 cars hit the track as testing starts in Spain

2013 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Jerez, 2013

The first test session of 2013 has begun at Jerez in Spain.

Sauber were the first team to hit the track as the session began with Nico Hulkenberg at the wheel of the C32.

They were joined by Marussia and Caterham whose cars were launched for the first time this morning.

Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren were also among those to start testing straight away.

Here are the first pictures from F1 testing.

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26 comments on “New F1 cars hit the track as testing starts in Spain”

  1. Got a picture of the Williams? They’re supposed to run the new livery, or so I’ve been told

    1. @loetkoe – I’m curious to see it, too, but I imagine more pictures will be added as they become available.

      1. I’m excited about this. Even though I don’t support, I hope their blue is less dark this time.

        1. You can see it in action here.

  2. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    5th February 2013, 8:37

    The Red Bull paint job looks terrific! Far more creative than any other team.

    1. Really? Everyone here at my office voted it looks like vomit at a rave.

      1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        5th February 2013, 9:00

        lol. well that’s one way of looking at it I suppose.

        I personally think it looks good. :)

      2. Same. I’d not go that far, but I just don’t like it…

        1. Not a rave-vomit aficionado I see? tut tut, plebs.


          1. Rave-Vomit. Brilliant description! I can’t help feeling that the Red Bull 2013 livery seems specifically designed to confuse the eye as to some of the detail in the body/aero department. Kind of like ship “dazzle” camo from WWII.

    2. I feel like the livery looks a bit too busy this year. Pearlescent paint would work well on cars with a lack of main sponsors, I think. Particularly not on a car with so many red and yellow patches, and additional stripes.

  3. Apparently Williams are running with a vanity panel on last years car.

  4. The back of that ferrari! Looks almost like it’s overexposed.terrific job.

  5. “The first test session of 2031 has begun at Jerez in Spain”

    2031 already? :-), wow time flies quickly nowadays, tell me, who won the championship in 2013? :-D

    1. Damn, I’m 41 already ! :(

  6. looks like they already broke the small fin-thing on the ferrari at the upper end of the rearwing

    1. That notch is deliberate. There’s one on the other side, too; it’s just obscured by the rear wing.

  7. That Lotus doesn’t actually look too bad on the track. The red is rather eye catching. Although I still prefer it without.

  8. Looks like Lotus are running with the intakes for the “Device” blocked up.

  9. The nose on the Force India looks quite simple, and very different to the other cars. It makes it look like a missile.

  10. Probably the most aesthetically pleasing cars of an f1 season, if not ever, then certainly in a long time.

  11. According to the live timing page, Maldonado has done 64 laps as I type, which is quite a long way. Is the car he’s driving *purely* last year’s, or does it have a few bits and pieces from this year’s version for testing?

    1. Apparenty it has some 2013 spect parts on it, but they are primarily doing work on the tyres.

  12. Let the games begin! :D

  13. I foresee a slight problem with the helmets colours of the two Mercedes drivers and being able to tell them apart. I assumed that the pictures where of Hamiltion before reading the caption stating it was Rosberg. Not the end of the world as we still have the camera pod colours to differentiate the two cars but personally I look at the helmets first to identify the driver.

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