2012 F1 topic

2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:21 am

Let's stick it all in one place this year I think :)

First car pic is out. The Caterham CT-01 has been leaked. Not sure about the duck bill nose but I think they'll all be like that after a change to the nose height rules this year. More pics as I get them. Most of the teams will launch in the next 10 days or so.


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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:22 am

Pirelli have also revised their colours a little. I think the band round the tyre is a bit thicker too for easier identification.

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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:02 pm

Luca has also said that this years Ferrari is ugly!? So again all cars will look a bit odd again.....so they can get round the rules no doubt :lol:
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Ryy » Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:55 am

My god. F1 cars are getting uglier. The '08 Mclaren / RB was the nicest for me.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Wed Feb 01, 2012 12:12 pm

McLaren have shown their car today

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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:34 pm

they look awful except the Mclaren. Wonder who has went the right way this time? Wonder how they know to all design the horrid front end? Is it the computers who actully design it around what is fed in ie the rules?
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:01 am

Nah new rules.

The nose has to be something like 55cm off the ground and the end of the cockpit a minimum of 62.5 and the change in height has to take place over 15cm (or something like that) so they all have this big step. McLaren is different I think because their cockpit sits higher than everyone elses.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby mike-p » Sun Feb 05, 2012 7:33 pm

They're all fugly other than the Macca. Be interesting to see how Adrian Newy sees the shape of the new Red Bull.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:51 am

Thick and fast today. Sauber, RBR and Toro Rosso later.


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Postby Kev » Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:34 pm

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Interesting little vent in the nose step. What's Newey up to this time.... )

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Postby mike-p » Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:52 pm

Well the Macca wins the prize for looks, let's see how fast they are tomorrow.
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Tue Feb 07, 2012 11:11 am

so I wonder if Mclaren have got it wrong....watching the live tests on the bbc website just now.......what the heck are Merc up to with not bringing their new car but still using last years in the test???!!! :shrug:
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby a4gee » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:30 am

I`m I missing something as to why Mercedes is using last years car in testing? :shrug: :eek:
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Re: 2012 F1 topic

Postby Kev » Wed Feb 08, 2012 8:47 am

There's two schools of thought.

One is that the earlier they show the car, the less they can change before the start of the season. Once they turn up to the first test they've already passed the crash tests and so the basic dimensions are set. But if they wait then they have longer to see what other people have done an put an extra 2 weeks in to development. They can use the old car to evaluate the new tyre compounds and some internal components.

As for McLaren, their car has had a lower tub than everyone elses for a year or two now so their maximum height is already less than that allowed so they don't need a step in the nose. Arguably they're already ahead of the game.
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