Formula 1 Testing 2018
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Second week of testing, Day 2, 7th March
A small selection of this year’s new Formula 1 cars out on track. Not a great difference to how they looked last year except for two key features; a reduction in the size of the ‘shark fin’ on the back of the car and the introduction of the ‘halo’. How each team renders the halo, from a plain black finish or matching livery to aerodynamic adaptations, can be seen in these photos. Alfa Romeo, a manufacturer with racing history now becomes associated with Sauber, their branding highly visible on the engine cover. Also, Aston Martin branding takes a higher profile on the livery of Red Bull with the possibility that it may become an engine manufacturer in the future.
Some new F1 drivers were in attendance on this day. Good to see Brendon Hartley from New Zealand, a former WEC driver and Le Mans 24 Hours champion, who began racing for Toro Rosso late last season. A new signing for Williams is Russian Sergey Sirotkin, a former GP2 and test driver for Sauber and Renault. Finally, Monacasque, Charles Leclerc racing for Sauber, a former GP3 and F2 champion.
Two teams that are missing from my roll call are HAAS and McLaren. HAAS can be seen in my blog but McLaren do not appear as they spent most of the day in the garage. The only photo I managed to get was a sneak over the screens of their pit box at the very end of the day (see Formula 1 testing blog).