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post Jan 20 2014, 02:01 AM
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I thought I would start this topic as we are nearing the first launch for the new breed of F1 cars. Launch schedule below.

Use this topic to share pictures, press releases and discussion.

Friday 24th January
McLaren MP4-29

Saturday 25th January
Ferrari (name TBC)

Sunday 26th January
Sauber C33

Monday 27th January
Toro Rosso STR9

Tuesday 28th January - First Test Day
Mercedes W05
Caterham CT04
Red Bull RB10
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post Jan 21 2014, 02:43 PM
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The MP4-29 was looking a little iffy for making the first test due to having failed one or more crash tests, but it looks like they've retested and passed everything so will be at Jerez in a week's time! http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112212
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post Jan 22 2014, 01:38 AM
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Force India reveal first picture and new colour scheme, looking good I think!

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post Jan 22 2014, 04:51 AM
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Excuse me for being a bit technically incompetent here, I try to keep up with some of the technical aspects of Formula 1, but some escapes me. This seems a fairly straightforward one, but I'm checking...

When they're stating that gear ratios need to be predetermined ahead of the season, this does mean the ratios will be the same at every race right? Meaning there will be a careful balancing act to set the ratios to suit both Monaco and Monza? Is the addition of an 8th gear to suit such scenarios, whereby at some tracks they’ll never use 8th, only at Monza, Spa, etc.?
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post Jan 22 2014, 08:31 AM
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Yeap, it's 8 fixed ratios for the entire season, so I imagine there will be some tracks that don't use 8th, or don't use 1st, or something like that.
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post Jan 23 2014, 01:26 PM
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Williams FW36 renders, replete with "anteater" nose. IMO, the platypus nose from 2012 wasn't bad, in fact some of the 2012 cars turned out to be really pretty to my eyes, and I kinda anticipate this happening with the 2014 noses. When you actually see these cars at work, flying by in the heat of racing battle, I think it makes these wonky design elements look more right. "A fast car is a beautiful car" (though the rule makers should've been more careful to avoid it in the first place, it must be said)







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post Jan 24 2014, 01:59 AM
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When speaking to my Dad a couple of weeks ago he said the new nose on the Mercedes looked worse than the first stepped one. I said how can it, there's been low noses in F1 before, it can't be that bad. Then I saw this.

I think you're right to a certain degree about when they're racing. I imagine some teams won't be as bad, McLaren avoided the stepped nose, so I'm hoping their car somehow avoids this anteater feature. Should find out in a few hours.
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post Jan 24 2014, 04:03 AM
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I think McLaren have done a better job with their nose than Williams for sure, although still not what you'd call pretty there. I know they don't have a title sponsor this year, but I like the car with less red on.









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post Jan 24 2014, 05:04 AM
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New Lotus, first pictures.

Different take on the new noses, reminds me of the Williams from 04.





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post Jan 24 2014, 07:40 AM
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I don't know if it's just a render thing, but one of the 'noses' on the Lotus is definitely further forward than the other. Curious.
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post Jan 24 2014, 07:47 AM
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Ferrari confirm after their online pole (1.1million votes) that their car launching tomorrow will be called the F14 T.

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post Jan 24 2014, 08:30 AM
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Yeap! Lots of F1 news today. I love the McLaren nose, I think it looks mean, in an alien sort of way, but also very nicely detailed. The Williams nose is probably the least pretty thus far, though I'll wait until we see real pictures. The Lotus nose is pretty strange, and I also immediately thought of the old Williams shovel nose!
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post Jan 24 2014, 08:52 AM
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And yes, the Lotus nose tusks are of unequal length:
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In order to meet the single lower nose tip regulation, the two tusks are of unequal length, so the longer one forms the mandatory nose tip, while the other is short enough to avoid being considered part of the nose tip by the regulations.


So basically, the long one is the single lower tip, and the short one is just part of the main nose structure, as far as the regulations are concerned. Bizarre!

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112265
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post Jan 27 2014, 04:40 AM
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These might not be the prettiest of nose designs, but it is interesting to see the way in which the different teams are approaching it.

New Ferrari F14T. I really dislike this nose, seems very trunk like!









And the new Sauber, which looks a lot more acceptable.



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post Jan 27 2014, 08:17 AM
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Sauber looks like it might have a rather nice looking nose, though the McLaren's is tough to beat thus far IMO.
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post Jan 27 2014, 09:42 AM
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I don't think Toro Rosso are going to beat the McLaren nose.












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post Jan 27 2014, 03:54 PM
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Stylistically I think the STR9's is the weakest nose yet (I like the Ferrari one...it's not pretty, but it is funky and curvy) and probably the most conventional looking from a performance point of view, but it looks like they'll get a good deal of airflow under the car with it. In a lot of ways the STR9 is the most conventional looking 2014 car yet to my eyes, but its rear wing looks very nicely detailed and the rear coke bottle shape is rather slim too. Their front wing looks quite simple but will probably look different very soon, maybe even the first day of testing. Cooling-wise they managed a very undercut sidepod, but man oh man look at the size of that roll hoop double inlet!
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post Jan 28 2014, 05:45 AM
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Big launch day today. First up Mercedes, with the most intricate looking front wing so far.








Red Bull with their own take on the nose.








And some better pics of the Force India.







Marussia say they have a technical issue and won't take part at the beginning of the test.
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post Jan 28 2014, 08:34 AM
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Caterham also revealed their CT05, think they went as aggressive with the finger nose/vanity panel idea as anyone has. Not very pretty it must be said...

Interesting looking at the paces so far in testing....obviously way less running today than there was last year on day 1, but you can see that there's a ton of time left to be found between Kimi's 1:27.104 and Button's 1:18.861. How close will the '14 cars end up getting to the '13 cars? Same speed, a second faster, 2 seconds slower? How long until we see that pace? Of course, there was also a grand total of 93 laps completed today versus 657 on day 1 of 2013 winter testing. I doubt testing will show very much until the end, and even then, there will be a lot of uncertainty through the first 4-5 races of the season.

2013 winter testing day 1: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2013/2/14250.html
2014 winter testing day 1: http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/112324
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post Jan 28 2014, 08:55 AM
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Holy shit that Caterham is hideous. Managed to combine the stepped nose with the new finger nose and a wedge. I guess they're really trying to maximise the flow of air under the nose to the floor.





Can't tell from this if they managed to get an undercut all the way to the back of the car, looks different to the others.



Proper shot of the Williams

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