Formula 1 testing 2017
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Second week of testing, Day 2, 8th March
An important time in Formula 1 created by significant changes to the regulations for cars and tyres. The 8 days of testing over two weeks presented an opportunity to see how the new regulations work in practice. The result is faster and more aesthetically pleasing race cars. This could prove to be a very exciting race season.
The Ferrari SF70-H, driven for the day by Kimi Räikkönen, appeared to have greater speed than the Mercedes, certainly when looking at the pace carried into turn one.
This close-up shows some of the highly developed aero forward of the engine air intakes that the Ferrari has when compared to some of the other teams.
Lewis Hamilton waves to the spectators in the grandstand as he leaves the garage for the afternoon session, taking over from Valtteri Bottas’ intensive stint in the morning.
Valtteri Bottas was out on track for much of the morning and appeared to be pushing hard at times, as indicated by a couple of wheel lock-ups entering turn 10.
Max Verstappen was out on track all day. At times it was evident he was testing the limits of the RB13 with a couple of wobbly moments around the complex of curves from 10 to 15.
The RB13 came to a halt at 17.39, shortly before the end of the day’s session, on turn 12 with an unspecified mechanical issue.
Flow visualization paint
The RB13 ran for part of the morning with green flow visualization paint on the left side of the car. This appears to have been applied to the front wing and gives an interesting view of the flow of air from front to the rear.
Felipe Massa in the Williams FW40 was in evidence on the track for much of the day and gave the impression that it was the “best of the rest”, possibly along with the Force India, after the trio of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
Sergio Perez was the day’s driver for Force India and put in an impressive performance. It looks like the last time we will see the the silver, black, orange livery this season because shortly after testing Force India announced a new sponsor partnership. The livery of the car will now be predominately pink with blue. It will certainly be a colourful addition to the starting line-up!
Carlos Sainz was the day’s driver in the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12. The car looked good on the day, both performance wise and with its new 2017 livery.
Fernando Alonso was the driver for the day but unfortunately the performance of the McLaren MCL32 was not impressive. Let’s hope things are turned around for the first race of the season in Melbourne. I noticed in my photographs that Alonso seemed to use more steering lock than other drivers, which I think is part of his driving style.
A higher proportion of my photographs of the McLaren Honda were blurred compared to other cars. I hope this is not an omen of the season’s performance!
Pascal Wehrlein was Sauber’s driver for the morning. The blue and white livery looks attractive and reminds me of the classic colours of an AC Cobra.