Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

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Testing Day 12 - Bahrain


Red Bull RB10

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Red Bull's Keel nose and its "U" shape 'driver cooling' slot

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Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

The RB10's front wing sports several slots on the endplate (just below the 'Total' logo) that filter air from the outside of the wing to the underside; this is an attempt, working with the rest of the front wing elements, to manage the disruption of the air flowing around the tires.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Red Bull flow-vis testing tire wake off their RB10.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Red Bull go Williams-style with the arched mounting for the monkey seat

@ScarbsF1

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

@RedBullRacing have added a low-line Y100/Monkey Seat to the RB10 today,just above the crash structure

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Mercedes W05

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Mercedes look to be flow-vis testing the air flowing just beneath the nose. The teams use this florescent paint to see where how the air is moving around their chassis' bodywork.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

@MercedesAMGF1 WO5 - New Roll hoop cooling inlet (likely for oil cooler above the gearbox) & return to shark fin

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The lights that you see on top of the airbox inlet are to show the engineers/pitlane workers/marshalls if the electrical systems are safe, and the car is therefore safe to approach. Green means that the systems are okay, and red means that there is a problem.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

@MercedesAMGF1 WO5 - Flo-Viz applied to centre of FW mainplane, under nose, chassis & lower sidepod/floor #TechF1

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Ferrari F14T

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Ferrari have a side facing camera looking at any potential front wing flex

@ScarbsF1

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Ferrari flow-vis testing the rear of their 2014 F14T chassis.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

@InsideFerrari using Flo-Viz on the rear wing likely assessing the impact of using the larger cooling outlet #TechF1

@SomersF1

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

F14T rear end detail.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Ferrari also ave their revised engine cover, note the run of louvers on its spine to cool the [turbo]

@ScarbsF1

Lotus E22

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

E22 front end detail. The nose on the left (the legal portion of the nose) is slightly longer than the nose on the right. Lotus are not going to switch the two depending on the clock-wise-ness of the track. The left one will always be longer.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

strangely Lotus have been runnign these blanking pads over the rear tyre deck area, I dont know why?

@ScarbsF1

McLaren MP4-29

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

MP4-29 front end detail. The McLaren's airbox inlet is split into two. I cannot say for certain where each section is leading the air, but more than likely one is feeding the engine or electrical systems, and the other is feeding the turbo.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

McLaren are pitot-tube testing using a long horizontal array (seen on your right side of the chassis between the left-front tire and the sidepod inlet).

Force India VJM07

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Force India front-end detail.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Force India, note the sloped end of the raised chassis, FIF1 step their chassis unlike STR for a small aero benefit

@ScarbsF1

Sauber C33

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Sauber C33 front-end detail.

Toro Rosso STR9

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Scuderia Toro Rosso front-end detail.

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Toro Rosso front bulkhead, like McLaren slope the entire raised chassis to meet the new 525mm height of the bulkhead

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Williams FW36

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Williams retain their trademark 3D printed 'driver cooling' slot

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That Senna sticker has graced every Williams chassis since Ayrton's tragic death.

Marussia MR03

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

The marussia is a neat car, note they have almost the same Keel nose as Red Bull

@ScarbsF1

Technically Formula 1 - Bahrain Pre-Season Testing Day 8 (Final Test)

Marussia have a similar rear wing mount to @McLarenF1 , altho Mac's has a hidden aero [advantage]

@ScarbsF1


[Select images from SomersF1, F1technical.net, @SomersF1, and @ScarbsF1]