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Ben G
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http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12472/10173110/first-look-at-new-mercedes-as-w07-breaks-cover-at-silverstone

Rosberg running the new car at Silverstone


Definitely louder than last season. Interesting that Mercedes appear to be the first running their cars on an actual track. Hope they've upped the power a little, as I'm sure other teams have made power on their units.
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Interesting front wing design on the Ferrari

Going like merc and red bull

Also changed suspension for tyre wear
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Haas VF16 looks pretty smart - https://www.haasf1team.com


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Haas VF16 looks pretty smart - https://www.haasf1team.com

Looks very neat, as there's no sponsorship at all on there!
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Haas VF16 looks pretty smart - https://www.haasf1team.com

Looks very neat, as there's no sponsorship at all on there!


lots of shut lines that don't look to great imo, might be the colour but there not as noticeable on other cars.


Its front wing also fell off today

[Edited on 22-02-2016 by tom130691]


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The Mercedes is looking awesome again. Massive very amount of laps put in by Lewis. As seen in the last 2 seasons, reliability is just as important as getting good times on the board.
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Watched at little bit of the coverage of testing.

Quite excited to see what Haas, and Manor whilst I'm at it, can do during this season.

Eric Boullier wasn't exactly over the moon when interviewed, perhaps too early to comment further on Honda's development of that engine.

Newey/Horner already looking at mid season upgrades to their engine *yawn*

Hope Ferrari have closed the perceived gap but I fear we may be in for a carbon copy of last season.

Sauber rocked up with last seasons car
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Cars appear to be changing for 2017.

Car width will increase from 1800 to 2000mm

Bodywork will increase from 1400 to 1600mm

Redesigned floors increasing downhole

And the good one:

Tyre widths will increase.

Fronts increase from 245 to 305mm.

Rears increase from 325 to 405mm.

Those tyre increases are absolutely massive! Can't wait to see them.
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close to the early 1990 tyre widths which were 18 inches
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Head protection for 2017 too.


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Yes, that too. I remember the halo from testing last year. Looks very strange and I imagine the vertical strut at the front dead centre would surely impact the drivers vision?
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possible new qualiy format aswell
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Not quite sure how that will work.

20 odd cars on the grid at the same time, someone's bound to get blocked and eliminated.

Wasn't so bad.previously as they'd just do another lap if it wasn't too late, but if you now only have a couple of minutes, one lap is all you'll have.
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Yes, that too. I remember the halo from testing last year. Looks very strange and I imagine the vertical strut at the front dead centre would surely impact the drivers vision?

Apparently not - as the driver focuses past it, it almost disappears from view. A little like a chip/bird crap on your windscreen...
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Not quite sure how that will work.

20 odd cars on the grid at the same time, someone's bound to get blocked and eliminated.

Wasn't so bad.previously as they'd just do another lap if it wasn't too late, but if you now only have a couple of minutes, one lap is all you'll have.

Pat Symonds raised a good point last night on Sky's coverage. FOM have an awful lot of work to do in terms of writing software etc to manage the new proposed qualifying format. They'll need about 100 stewards watching for block moves. Completely impractical and stupid IMO.
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New Mercedes front wing is even more mental than last season. Surprised it doesn't fall off when stationary.
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there are some really neat designs out there this year

Ted's programme was good but really let himself down when he tried to explain why he thought the aerofoil near the floor could be used to try have a flexible floor

There is no way an aerofoil that small would introduce enough pressure and force to affect the floor

Love the exhaust designs on the redbull
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Ted's programme was good but really let himself down when he tried to explain why he thought the aerofoil near the floor could be used to try have a flexible floor

There is no way an aerofoil that small would introduce enough pressure and force to affect the floor

I agree, not at all convinced that would produce anywhere enough force to see a meaningful deflection in the floor. For controlling an air flow or for purposes of redirection much more plausible reason for it being there.

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Having done CFD and ground effect on indycars for my dissertation at uni many years ago the notebook session was really interesting for me
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What's the idea behind the staggered teeth in the floor? Sky were making a bug hookah about it (on the Mercedes).
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It will be to do with ground effect - basically getting downforce for free

Also will mix you the air and guide it through the diffusers
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Hamilton being a childish cock again - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35723675

He probably would be fussed about it if it had a "made in the USA" sticker on it.
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He has a point. It's a waste of time. I saw somewhere someone go through all the deaths and major incidents in recent f1 history and this device wouldn't have helped any of them
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It would likely provide protection from a stray wheel + tyre strike, so is a good thing in my opinion. Only a fully enclosed cockpit would protect against the spring that hit Massa for example, but at least it's a start.

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Hamilton being a childish cock again - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35723675

He probably would be fussed about it if it had a "made in the USA" sticker on it.


Hulkenberg would also rather not have it, is he also a childish cock?

http://m.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/123089


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