Posted by Euan on February 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
Much of the talk around the launches of the 2012 F1 car batch is centred on the most prominent new feature on this year’s cars – namely the dippes nose. Thus far, the Ferrari, Red Bull, Lotus, Force India, Sauber, Toro Rosso, and Caterham cars have all had the dipped nose. Ferrari’s and Force India’s are the most pronounced, with the Lotus and Sauber cars having a subtler ‘step’. However, there is a notable exception to this trend. McLaren have interestingly not gone with the stepped nose, which many have criticised as being ugly. This leads to their car looking more like a 2011 car, but whether the nose will still not be stepped by the start of the season is questionable. The only other team rumoured not to have gone with the stepped nose design is perennial back markers Marussia.
We will see all but the Marussia car in action from tomorrow at the first proper pre-season test event at Jerez. Mercedes, Hispania, and Williams are the only other teams yet to have officially launched their 2012 ‘challenger’.
The two final race seats have been filled for the 2012 season. Bruno Senna was favoured by Williams in the wake of Adrian Sutil’s trial for assualting an F1 team staff member during thr 2011 season, although Williams did say that this was not their reason for not taking on Sutil. The decision to turn down Sutil is not surprising, but why teams still rate Bruno Senna particularly highly is beyond me. There are better drivers out there without a race seat for next season. Hispania have also signed up their second driver, bringing back Narain Karthikeyan who drove for the team for some part of last season.