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[5 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | 1,729 views]

Well, we finally did it. This time next week Bahrain first free practice will have been and gone and now we finally know who will be driving what during it. Just twelve of the fourteen made it (oh yes, we lost Toyota on the way too) and a fifteenth failed to climb over the catchment fencing and sneak on to the grid by the back door.

After all the big promises, it was USF1 who fell by the wayside while the other three new teams kept their nose to the ground …

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[12 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 2,482 views]

The second of the new teams, and the eleventh overall, Lotus F1 Racing have joined the party with the T127. Unveiled in London, the car carries the classic Lotus colours of (almost) British Racing Green with gold stripe down the centre despite the current team actually being Malaysian.

The big surprise is probably how complex and ‘finished’ the front wing looks – contrast that with the rather stubby nose which now seems a bit dated. In fact, beyond the front wing, the T127 is a rather conservative design.
“This one …

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[10 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 3,038 views]

Adrian Newey’s RB5 has acted as inspiration to many of the team’s 2010 designs therefore it was little surprise that the RB6 itself should follow the lead of its elder sibling. 2010 sees the team’s first chance to design around a larger, two-tier diffuser, which the team found difficult to package last year. However, despite that, the RB6 continues the RB5’s low-ended design philosophy with even the rear pull rod suspension retained.

While Newey’s ‘V’-nose concept has been taken on by several others this year, the RB6 has taken it a …

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[9 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 1,445 views]

The VJM03 is here although the message from Force India is more one of progressive change than aggressive redesign. Even the livery is little changed from last year, with the patriotic orange, white and green retained. Perhaps that is not surprising given the team’s turn of speed on the high speed circuits of Monza and Spa. Still, there are a number of significant changes ahead of testing in Jerez this week.

At the front, more streamlined uprights rise up to meet a nose that is slightly deeper than last years. The …

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[3 Feb 2010 | 4 Comments | 951 views]

Virgin Racing’s virtual launch didn’t exactly go to plan (see end of article) but the resulting car is a very sleek combination of black and red – 2010 is shaping up to be a very colourful grid. The ground-breaking VR-01 will be the centre of much attention through the coming season as it is the first Formula 1 car to be designed relying entirely on CFD. However, it still takes plenty of inspiration from the opposition.

“I have absolute belief in the digital design process and the opportunity to put the …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 652 views]

Scuderia Toro Rosso unveiled the TR5, the first car that the team has designed itself as it establishes itself as a constructor in its own right. However, the car’s ancestry is still visible, with more than a hint of last year’s Red Bull RB5. That’s not surprising given the size of the team working on the car.

“2010 is a landmark year for Scuderia Toro Rosso as the new regulations demand that we go it alone in terms of designing and building our car in-house. After four years of working in …