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Post by dyrewolfe on Fri 07 Feb 2020, 11:19 am

Thought I'd start this thread since no-one else has yet.

First glimpse of this season's cars as Haas unveil their entry for this year. Not really much difference visually from last season, but then there haven't been any major rule changes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/51405017

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Have to say I quite like this livery.

Feel free to add more pics as they are released...
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Post by No name Bertie on Fri 07 Feb 2020, 1:51 pm

On track testing has been cut back further for the 2020 season. This must be difficult for drivers especially rookie drivers - there is only so much that can be learnt from being stuck in a simulator.

formula1 dot com wrote:F1 teams will have six days of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to fine-tune their cars on-track ahead of the 2020 campaign. Traditionally, there have been two four-day tests at the Spanish Grand Prix venue, but with an extra race added to the calendar, a compromise has been reached.

Two three-day winter tests will be held, the first running 19-21 February and the second running 26-28 February, with a four-day gap in between.

The two in-season tests have been removed from the 2020 schedule, placing a great emphasis on testing parts in Friday free practice sessions.

The first race is scheduled for 15 March in Melbourne. The fourth race is scheduled for 19 April in Shanghai - not sure what is going to happen with that race weekend given the coronavirus - possible end of days outbreak.

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Post by dyrewolfe on Sun 09 Feb 2020, 11:05 am

No name Bertie wrote:
The first race is scheduled for 15 March in Melbourne. The fourth race is scheduled for 19 April in Shanghai - not sure what is going to happen with that race weekend given the coronavirus - possible end of days outbreak.

Yeah - I see that playing havoc with the schedule, unless they can get a grip on things pretty quickly.

As to the cuts in pre-season testing, I honestly have no issue with it. You hear the teams say how they do hundreds of laps and thousands of kilometres...which I think is frankly ludicrous. Even a rookie should be able to get a pretty good handle on a car after doing one race distance...50-70 laps.

I can see it might hurt teams that have car issues and struggle to understand what is causing them...but those still happened all through the season with the old testing regime. So again, I don't see it being a major issue.

2020 team car launches

Date............Team.........Launch Venue
11 February.....Ferrari........Reggio Emilia, Italy

12 February.....Renault.......Paris, France
12 February.....Red Bull......TBC

13 February.....McLaren......Woking, UK

14 February.....Alpha Tauri..Salzburg, Austria
14 February.....Mercedes.....Silverstone, UK

17 February.....Racing Point.Mondsee, Austria
17 February.....Williams.......Digital-only launch

19 February.....Alfa Romeo...Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
19 February.....Haas............Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
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Post by Just John on Mon 10 Feb 2020, 12:56 pm

Mercedes W11 2020 livery, after announcing their new partnership with Ineos.

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Post by dyrewolfe on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 1:29 pm

Nice-looking car...but those sidepods are TINY! Wonder if they're going to have cooling issues at the hotter venues?
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Post by Just John on Tue 11 Feb 2020, 6:28 pm

Ferrari SF1000

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Post by Just John on Wed 12 Feb 2020, 10:44 am

Red Bull RB16

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Post by dyrewolfe on Wed 12 Feb 2020, 5:57 pm

Hmm. Ferrari going with a fairly pronounced engine cover fin, while RB's is pretty minimal and Merc somewhere in the middle.

Ferrari is quite a bad-ass looking machine. The RB a bit more functional. Seems tiny sidepod ducts are the in thing for this season. Still can't get used to it, when you think back to how big they used to be.

Sensible action to postpone the Chinese GP. Though we're still going to be on a tight schedule with 21 races. Think it will end up just being scrubbed from the calendar this year.
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Post by Just John on Thu 13 Feb 2020, 1:49 pm

McLaren MCL35

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Post by Just John on Sat 15 Feb 2020, 8:53 am

Alpha Tauri - Hello!

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Post by dyrewolfe on Sat 15 Feb 2020, 10:24 am

Just John wrote:Alpha Tauri - Hello!

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Quite a bland-looking livery...and it still looks an awful lot like the Red Bull. They may have changed the name and their colours, but I'm guessing they are still very much the sister team.
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Post by Just John on Mon 17 Feb 2020, 9:15 am

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Post by Just John on Mon 17 Feb 2020, 2:14 pm

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Post by No name Bertie on Wed 19 Feb 2020, 3:29 pm

With only three x 2 testing days it seems all teams have hit the ground running posting faster times than the first day of testing last year. I see that Robert Kubica is in the Alfa Romero (unless that is a misprint from the BBC). Williams appear to be in the mix now.

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Post by Just John Yesterday at 10:12 am

No real surprise that the teams are hitting the ground running, given it’s the final year of this regulation, and the technology is now better understood, and engines getting ever more reliable.

Seems the most talked about subject so far, is Racing Point pretty much turning up with a Mercedes. No real surprise, given the relationship they have, and now RP using the Mercedes wind tunnel. Mercedes also showcasing it’s new steering wheel DAS system.

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Post by dyrewolfe Yesterday at 8:00 pm

Just John wrote:No real surprise that the teams are hitting the ground running, given it’s the final year of this regulation, and the technology is now better understood, and engines getting ever more reliable.

Seems the most talked about subject so far, is Racing Point pretty much turning up with a Mercedes. No real surprise, given the relationship they have, and now RP using the Mercedes wind tunnel. Mercedes also showcasing it’s new steering wheel DAS system.


Be interesting to see if any of the teams appeal against it...or whether the FIA takes matters into its own hands.

Also less surprising to see Sergio Perez setting such good lap times...although Kimi was quickest in the Alfa today (though I think that was on softs, whereas Serio was running mediums).
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Post by GSC Yesterday at 9:30 pm

I would be mildly surprised if they're allowed to keep it.
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Post by dummy_half Today at 2:49 pm

GSC wrote:I would be mildly surprised if they're allowed to keep it.

Well, be mildly surprised - deemed to fall within the 2020 regulations, but not the revised regs for 2021 (which only permit the front wheels to be moved by rotation of the steering wheel, which seems to me to leave the door open for some sort of 'automatic' adjustment of the toe-out as the steering is first turned).

Now the bigger question is whether it is actually a worthwhile benefit.

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Post by GSC Today at 3:09 pm

I doubt it, any kind of gimmick that appears at testing gets over analysed

You dont really generate nearly as much heat through the tyres on a straight so it's probably marginal gains
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Post by Just John Today at 3:29 pm

Marginal gain, most likely, but clearly the concept was worth pursuing. Been in contact communication with the FIA about the DAS, so doubtful they would continue down the route, without some kind of go ahead from the FIA.

From what I’ve seen so far at testing, it looks ominous again. I’d expect if Mercedes dominate early doors, the majority will go full steam ahead for, 2021.

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Post by No name Bertie Today at 3:45 pm

I would be interested in learning about the power of the Ferrari engine. Ferrari have had the best engine for a number of years but towards the end of last year Red Bull believed they had found the reason for that - and then the FIA gave clarification forbidding special fuel management arrangements that Red Bull believed Ferrari were using in order to get more fuel to the engine during acceleration.

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Post by No name Bertie Today at 7:08 pm

Mattia Binotto is saying that this year Ferrari have developed a car that has greater margin for change and that the first three days of testing were designed to map the cars characteristics under different aerodynamic and mechanical configurations.

Last year although they looked impressive in testing it soon became clear at the start of the season that they had boxed themselves in designwise and weren't able to improve quickly enough across the season to respond to the Mercedes challenge.

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