“Toyota have gone for a slim nose but, unlike Ferrari, they have kept the nose shorter and raised the tip up as far as possible. This shape does provide more space under the nose cone for turning vanes, which is an area outside of the exclusion zones for bodywork. Thus Toyota have fitted a pair of vanes to the rear of the nose cone that lead back under the chassis. The front wing is split abruptly between the FIA-mandated middle section and the downforce-producing outer spans, which feature single element moving flaps. Most noticeable are the shapely endplates without curved leading edges to tease airflow around the front wheels; these are most noticeable when viewed from above. Curiously, the front wheel fairings have their openings pointing forwards rather than backwards as with their 2008 car, while the rear wheels are fitted with Toyota’s novel vaned fairings.”
“I have not thought much of Toyota’s chances in previous years but this time round I have a funny feeling. If you fancy having a bet on an outsider to do well in 2009, I would say that Toyota could be the one to go for…” Clive puts the jinx on Toyota.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Well, we worked all last year but I wanted something slightly different. It is hard to make big changes in the season. For sure there are ideas that came from last year. Next week we will see how it has worked. The tyres are going to make a big difference. These are the biggest changes in F1 for many years so we will get a better idea next week. Hopefully it will improve the racing. It is difficult this year for teams to get it all together before the season begins because we don’t have much time.”
Alianora pulls apart the changes for 2009
Bernie Ecclestone on Jackie Stewart: “Most times when people get older, they become a bit senile. He has just caught it a bit earlier, this is all.”
Ex-Jaguar driver has no seat.
“Dennis also said that he believed that there ought to be an element of government support for Britain’s round of the F1 championship and I think we all agree that is the case, given that just about every other F1 race on earth is government funded. Even allowing for the fact that we are in the middle of a painful economic downturn.”