Formula 1 constructors unveiled new designs of their cars for the 2016 campaign.
Mercedes admitted that though its new car design looks the same as last season’s from the outside but it has a number of “mini revolutions” inside.
Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe claimed, “While the car may look very similar to its predecessor from the outside, underneath there are quite a lot of mini-revolutions that make up an overall evolution for the new season.”
Ferrari brought a whole lot of changes in their new design model SF16-H. Ferrari’s new model SF16-H submitted with a push-rod suspension for the first time in four years and large sections of white on its livery.
The biggest change concerns the V6 combustion engine and the charge air cooler has been relocated from its original position between the cylinder banks.
“When I joined the team there were a lot of people changing their positions and it was a difficult time to have expectations”, said Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel
“But now we have had a much better winter to prepare and therefore we will be a strong team – as we have seen already last year – but even stronger this year.”, he added
McLaren did not reveal what prospects they had in terms of performance after the horrific start they had last year.
Some of the changes in McLaren-Honda design includes its innovative MP4-31 chassis integrates the new Honda RA616H power unit.
About the design McLaren driver Fernando Alonso said, “The whole car is beautiful – it’s particularly nicely packaged from an aerodynamic point of view and I’m 100% ready for the challenge ahead.”
This year, Red Bull’s engine provider Renault will be assisted in its development of their engine by British company Ilmor. Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner also claimed that anticipated improvements to the team’s Renault engine will create a “season of two halves”.
Talking about car design their Team Principal Christian Horner said: “I believe it will be a transitional year. I think we are going to start the year with some progress from the end of last season, but I think with our engine partner’s commitment to buying a team we will see staged progress during the course of the year.”
Williams has unveiled its FW38 ahead of the new Formula 1 season, conceding it will be “a challenge” to retain its place as the best of the rest behind Mercedes and Ferrari.
The FW38 sports the same colours from the past two seasons with a bulge where the sidepod meets the engine’s covers has grown in size which indicates a change to internal packaging.
Talking of their car design chief technical operator Pat Symonds said, “The FW37 was a pretty effective car and so we concentrated on understanding the areas where we could improve it without losing the attributes which made it effective.”
This is going to ne Haas’ maiden entry to Formula 1 with former Lotus driver Romain Grosjean steering their first Formula 1 car, the Haas VF16. The Haas VF16 car was designed in the Maranello wind tunnel and uses Ferrari’s 2016 engine.
Talking about their Car design Team principal Gunther Steiner said, “Our methodology behind the VF-16 was to make it the best evolution of a good F1 car. We’re a new team, so we looked at what the successful teams were doing to give us a baseline of the direction we needed to go with our design.”