January 12, 2009
More pictures below!
That chassis is a lot tidier than in past seasons. Much fewer fiddly-bits, which of course is because of the new rules. However, it's the overhead shot where it becomes clear just what a difference there is.
By comparison, here's the overhead shots from the F2008 and F2007:
It's a Ferrari, so of course I dislike the car intensely, but it's still pretty nice looking. And LOOK at those tires! No grooves! Slicks! FINALLY! That's gonna make a difference, for sure.
So that's the first rollout of the season, but we've got two more coming this week! Thursday will see the new Toyota come out, and Friday will bring us McLaren's. Of course, we'll be crawling all over them.
It's F1 season, ladies and gentlemen!
The way that front wing is placed, if anything goes wrong with it, it's going under the front tires. It seems more accident prone than the previous ones were, and the piece that's going under the tires is gonna be bigger. But yeah, it looks a lot cleaner, overall.
Seems they changed the front suspension quite a lot. And it looks to me like the wheelbase is wider. Is that just an optical illusion?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 12, 2009 10:47 PM (+rSRq)
Regarding the wing going under the tires, yeah, probably so. Last year, though, it was the wing going under the forward fuselage and jacking the front wheels off the ground, so the result is the same. That first turn at Melbourne should be interesting...
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 12, 2009 11:48 PM (sh9fy)
In a word: SLEEEEEEK!
(Sorry, I'm a diehard Ferrari fan.)
I caught a glimpse of the McLaren, and it looked awfully red. Can't wait to see what it really looks like.
Posted by: Mallory at January 13, 2009 08:04 AM (3sife)
In general I love the new look, but the rear end certainly looks funny with the tiny wing, and the sidepods merging in earlier without any of the gills, etc. removes some character.
Dropping the front wing down into ground effect and adding slicks should have a very interesting effect on passing, as will making it harder to deliberately dirty up the air behind the car.
Posted by: David at January 13, 2009 12:51 PM (Gb/o4)
I'm looking forward to seeing the new BMW as their cars always look a little bit different from everyone else.
That being said with the current rules I imagine the cars are going to look more similar than they have in a few years.
Posted by: buttons at January 15, 2009 02:27 PM (VjS5e)
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