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Pictures: F2 tests its new 2018 car in the snow at Magny-Cours

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Snow at Magny-Cours didn’t stop Formula Two from completing the first day of testing with its new 2018 car today.

Each of the 10 teams which will contest this year’s championship had a single car to test, most of which split their running between two drivers.

Among the changes to F2’s car for this year are a revised 620bhp, 3.4-litre turbocharged engine supplied by Mechachrome. The car also incorporates the Halo which will feature on F1 cars for the first time this year.

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24 comments on “Pictures: F2 tests its new 2018 car in the snow at Magny-Cours”

  1. I think this is a bit inappropriate, posting the lingerie catalogue on a Motorsport news page

    1. Lol, it does strike a resemblance from a young men perspective. This halo looks flimsy.

    2. Oh come on, @johnmilk! First the grid girls, now the lingerie. What’s next?

      More lingerie! More girls! More girls in lingerie!

  2. Woohoo, Magny Cours. Bring back that track!

    1. @nase No, that circuit never really produced great racing.

      1. Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

        1. That was the opinion of most fans though, Hence why the circuit was often called Magny-Bores by fans.

          It’s like Circuit De Catalunya, Because most of the corners are medium/high speed with only 1 hard braking zone (Into the Adelaide hairpin which was preceded by the most aero dependent corner on the circuit) overtaking was virtually impossible. They altered (And ruined) the final sector to try & create a 2nd good overtaking spot but that didn’t really work (Aside from Rubens on Trulli in 2004) & I recall most drivers disliked the changes.

          It’s a fun circuit to drive, It’s a fun circuit to watch cars been driven round but in terms of racing in the dry there usually wasn’t any.

          1. @stefmeister

            It’s a fun circuit to drive, It’s a fun circuit to watch cars been driven round

            Those are the crucial factors for me.
            I don’t care about ‘exciting’ races on farcical tracks like Baku, or borderline farcical ones like Montreal (I have a talent for popular opinions, I know). I want challenging tracks that highlight the aesthetics and skill of driving a top-tier racecar through twisty, blind corners. I could hardly care less about the number of overtakes per race. In that respect, Magny Cours belongs to the same category as Suzuka, where overtakes are exceedingly rare, too.

  3. Vettel fan 17 (@)
    14th February 2018, 21:20

    Are the engines still V8?

    1. @vettelfan17 No, There running a V6 Turbo this year.

      1. Vettel fan 17 (@)
        15th February 2018, 8:35

        @stefmeister Thanks

  4. Vettel fan 17 (@)
    14th February 2018, 21:21

    Are the engines still V8? And are they using a new chassis?

  5. How can there be snow on the ground with the daytime temperatures being in the range of 7-12 degrees Celcius at this time of year?

    1. It’s quite cold at magny-cours and France has been hit by a snow-storm i thought in the last weeks

  6. The low noses look much more appealing than the weird compromise design in F1.

    1. Well yes, but you would expect that. There is no competition on the design of an F2 car since it’s spec. That means the FIA designs it and they make it look how they want it to look.
      F1 is not a spec series, so teams are going to eke out every bit of advantage they can. So F1 cars will not look like the FIA wanted them to look if the rules give possibilities to create something worse looking, but offering more performance.

      1. Well, F1 may not be spec but it’s is certainly highly specified.

  7. It looks like it is harder for the drivers to get out of the car with the halo now.

  8. There’s now way the drivers will get out of the car quickly enough when there is accident.
    The shield at Indycart is much better. Screw Seb getting dizzy.

  9. The new F2 car looks great. As with the ridiculous low wide front wing and tall narrow rear wings we had in F1 from ’09-’16, we’ll get used to the halo.

  10. OH MY GOD does that thing look ugly, the Halo has to go. Just use the Indy Car screen

  11. Gosh the Prema car is certainly something, isn’t it?

  12. Stupid looking things.

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