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Post by PLAYLIFE on Wed Feb 01 2012, 05:34

January
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Pirelli 2012 tyres launch (Yas Marina) - PICS: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2012/1/12953.html

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Caterham CT01 launch (F1 Racing Magazine / Facebook / Twitter)


February
1
McLaren MP4/27 launch (MTC, Woking) - 11:00 GMT

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Force India VJM05 launch (Silverstone) - 9:00 GMT
Force India VJM05 first run (Silverstone)
Ferrari F2012 launch (Maranello HQ) - 9:30 GMT
Ferrari F2012 first run (Fiorano)

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Lotus E20 launch (www.lotusf1team.com) - 16.00 GMT

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Sauber C31 launch (Jerez de la Frontera) - 10:00 GMT
Red Bull RB8 launch (www.redbullracing.com) - 13:00 GMT
Lotus E20 media launch (Jerez de la Frontera) - 13.00 GMT
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 launch (Jerez de la Frontera) - 16.30 GMT

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Ferrari F2012 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
McLaren MP4-27 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Sauber C31 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Lotus E20 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Red Bull RB8 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Williams FW34 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Force India VJM05 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Caterham CT01 first test (Jerez de la Frontera)
Toro Rosso STR7 fist test (Jerez de la Frontera)

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AMG Mercedes W03 first test (Catalunya)
HRT F112 first test (Catalunya)


March
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Marussia TBA first test (Catalunya)

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All teams hopefully! - Free Practice 1 (Albert Park)
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by glendo on Wed Feb 01 2012, 18:36

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by da silva on Wed Feb 01 2012, 22:46

Cool
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by PLAYLIFE on Fri Feb 03 2012, 00:18

Nice looking bit of kit although it will be different by the 7th of February. Those are not the actual front nose/wing, rear wing and undertray components that will appear at Albert Park (or probably test). I think it was Paddy who said that.

I liked the L-shaped sidepods from the 26, I guess they don't fit the EBD banned regs.
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Post by da silva on Fri Feb 03 2012, 00:42

PLAYLIFE wrote:Nice looking bit of kit although it will be different by the 7th of February. Those are not the actual front nose/wing, rear wing and undertray components that will appear at Albert Park (or probably test). I think it was Paddy who said that.

I liked the L-shaped sidepods from the 26, I guess they don't fit the EBD banned regs.

The new Mac still isn't as tidy as the RB7 was, that's a little cause for concern.
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Gelert on Fri Feb 03 2012, 18:38

The L-shaped side-pods were all about combining airflow with the exhaust gases to the blown diffuser. They were a hangover from the Octopus Exhaust System that was stillborn, but allegedly worked with the cribbed RBR design.
But I agree - these 2012 side-pods are much easier to emulate with Lego than last year's design...

The RB7 was a tidy package - but can't wait to see the RB-next-one (8?) in light of the new regs.
Whether baldy has surpassed himself again remains to be seen.

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Re: 2012 Launches

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Re: 2012 Launches

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Gelert on Fri Feb 03 2012, 19:57

Dear Mr. Newey,
Please could you come up with a winning design that doesn't involve an ugly stepped-nose.
Then all of the other teams will copy you, and we can get rid of these abhorrences.
Thanks,
Gelert. (age 13)

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Henrik on Fri Feb 03 2012, 20:05

I thought that Caterham was a joke. I see I was wrong...


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Henrik on Fri Feb 03 2012, 20:11

I like this:



When F1 cars were beautiful, and you could still have a smoke...

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by eso on Sat Feb 04 2012, 05:05

Gelert wrote:Dear Mr. Newey,
Please could you come up with a winning design that doesn't involve an ugly stepped-nose.
Then all of the other teams will copy you, and we can get rid of these abhorrences.
Thanks,
Gelert. (age 13)

What's up with that nose one these cars? that's hideous.


I was just looking at the calendar and thinking I may have to make plans for Austin in November. I think I have a place to flop there...


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by glendo on Sat Feb 04 2012, 05:31

the new nose regs have turned all the car pig ugly. i bet the rule is changed next year.

ugliest cars ive ever seen
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by eso on Sat Feb 04 2012, 07:35

Well, you could serve cocktails on the table of the force india car...

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Henrik on Sat Feb 04 2012, 14:45

glendo wrote:the new nose regs have turned all the car pig ugly. i bet the rule is changed next year.

ugliest cars ive ever seen

At least Mclaren managed to make a somewhat normal looking nose under the regulations. I really wonder how those ugly noses provide an advantage.

What's next? A comeback of the Eifelland with the teatray?

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by eso on Sat Feb 04 2012, 15:57

Henrik wrote:
I really wonder how those ugly noses provide an advantage.

Given the shape of the step on both the Ferrari and the Force India I'm sure there's a significant downforce added right over the front suspension.


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by da silva on Sat Feb 04 2012, 16:53

Gary Anderson attempts to explain. I hope the Mac theory is correct and fast as I'd hate to see on of these fugly cars dominate!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/16864721
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by eso on Sat Feb 04 2012, 17:11

That was cool. Thanks DS.


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Gelert on Sat Feb 04 2012, 17:35

Saw that yesterday DS - a good slant, but I felt that Anderson was dissing concepts for the sake of it.
It's not like GA was ever A. Newey. Shocked

This ole boy Craig Scarborough seems to know a thing or ten about stuff.
Check-out his take on the new Mac:
http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/launch-analysis-mclaren-mercedes-mp4-27/


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by eso on Sat Feb 04 2012, 18:22

Gelert wrote:... ole boy Craig Scarborough...

Was he the one that ran the cool site F1 Tech (or something like that) year ago?

Nice linky gelert.


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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by PLAYLIFE on Mon Feb 06 2012, 04:25

glendo wrote:i bet the rule is changed next year.

I was thinking the same.

Lotus E20



Here's a beautiful F1 car:
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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by Henrik on Mon Feb 06 2012, 08:13

Thank you for that picture Playlife. Now we just need a good picture of an Eagle Weslake as well to forget about this year's horrors....

By the way, can somebody explain to me about the Lotus team. I thought that Team Lotus became Caterham, but there is still anopther team Lotus now?

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Post by Gelert on Mon Feb 06 2012, 20:23

Lotus -> Caterham.
Renault -> Lotus.

Simples.

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Re: 2012 Launches

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Re: 2012 Launches

Post by PLAYLIFE on Tue Feb 07 2012, 07:04

I like the matte black finish on the Sauber. There should be more matte colours.

RBR nose
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