2019 F1 pre-season test one: Bonus gallery

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A special selection of extra pictures from the first test of the 2019 F1 season at the Circuit de Catalunya this week.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lance Stroll, Racing Point, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lance Stroll, Racing Point, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lando Norris, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lando Norris, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

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Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Alexander Albon, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
George Russell, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
George Russell, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Romain Grosjean, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

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Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Kevin Magnussen, Haas, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Pierre Gasly, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

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Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Robert Kubica, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Robert Kubica, Williams, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Sergio Perez

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Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Carlos Sainz Jnr, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019
Carlos Sainz Jnr, McLaren, Circuit de Catalunya, 2019

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11 comments on “2019 F1 pre-season test one: Bonus gallery”

  1. Wow! Look at those plows… er… front wings. F1 isn’t afraid to race in the rain, maybe now they won’t be afraid to stage a Finland GP in January.

    1. @jimmi-cynic The problem is that Pirelli nor any other manufacturer makes F1-sized tyres fit for snow conditions.

      1. @jerejj: F1 could just spend $100M on 220MPH chains. ;-)

  2. These cars nowadays are incredibly long, really horrible. I understand the safety of the drivers, but distance between the cockpit and the front wheels, the barge board area is ridiculous.

  3. These machines are ridiculously complex. I mean, look at those funny contraptions at the front. Those are the SIMPLIFIED front wings! No wonder the costs are prohibitive. You wanna cut costs? SIMPLIFY!!!

    1. @alonshow But it doesn’t work that way. They could not have simplified the front wings too much, without costing the teams way more money than they already spent adapting to this change over last year. Change the front wing more drastically and the rest of the bodywork needs way more attention than they had to give it in order to adapt this season. Not saying that ultimately simpler wings wouldn’t be better, and I hope thats the direction for 2021, but they need to do this change when they have given the teams a couple of years and when they will be changing many aspects of the car at once so that the money they spend is only spent once as well. With such big changes coming in a couple of years there’s little point in right now changing these cars dramatically for little gain, as they are inherently meant for high downforce and drs. Remember, big changes with little time to adapt only favours the more resourced teams and disadvantages the lesser teams even more than they already are.

      1. @Robbie: I know, this change is a step in the right direction, of course. But it does highlight how far in the wrong direction (the direction of extreme complexity) the sport has gone, and how much the need to cut costs has been ignored. Here’s hoping that 2021 will bring more change in the right direction, it’s quite easy after all.

        1. Can hear the flaggies now… “where gonna need a bigger broom”

          1. “we’re..” bloody computer

  4. I like to think Red Bull got it right this year. With the side pod scalop, I think Red Bull allows more air into the rear diffuser area, enhancing floor generated downforce. This seems to bode well for closely following others, including when lapping back markers. Seems the old Cart cars emphasized tunnel ground effects and less wing downforce, and they were able to follow closely on the high speed ovals. We will see how Red Bull sets up the car in real race trim.

    The BS stops when the green flap drops.

  5. Still think the safety items around the cockpits (i forgot the right word for it) is freaking ugly…but for the rest these are bloody beautiful pictures. :O

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