It feels weird seeing Mercedes headed into the 2014 season without Ross Brawn at the helm. After parting ways with the team in the offseason, speculation remains as to where he’ll end up. Could we see a midseason shakeup with Brawn at McLaren? Time will tell.
For now, the W05 and I must say, not a bad looking car for a change.
Mercedes have a gone a similar route to Ferrari with a sloped nose design.
An updated and improved livery also adorns the W05. Perhaps Mercedes caught wind that McLaren were copying their paint scheme and opted for more teal?
Hopefully the car will be better at managing tires this season. In 2013 Lewis Hamilton was plagued with horrific tire wear and was forced to dial back his performance on a number occasions.
He was on hand for testing with teammate Nico Rosberg and sporting a brand new head of hair.
However, soon after taking the car on track, Hamilton’s front wing failed, resulting in his first crash of the season.
Testing at Jerez begins this week and Toro Rosso was there to debut the 2014 STR9.
Some have suggested this is a prelude to what we’ll be seeing from Red Bull later this week. I hope not.
Yeah… Welcome to Formula 1 2014. Elitists who are above the kind of humor these new cars have spawned are quick to point out that the designs are all in the name of safety. Don’t get me wrong, having lower noses as a precaution to any t-bone related head injuries is crucial, but there must be a better way. Don’t think for a second that the jokes aren’t flooding throughout the paddock either. It’s tough to escape, especially with the STR9. Something tells me that Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat were looking to get this launch over with quickly.
Things get a little more sane towards the rear of the car.
At the back, STR begins their new engine partnership with Renault after parting ways with Ferrari. The new single exhausts on the 2014 cars should give us a nice light show come Bahrain and Singapore.
More from Jerez in the coming days. Photos courtesy of F1 Fanatic.
Rounding out the grid for 2013 will be Caterham and Marussia who both debuted their cars earlier today at Jerez.
Caterham have chosen to focus their efforts on the bigger changes to hit the sport in 2014, so they’ve opted to run an upgraded version of last year’s CT01 in 2013.
The CT03 features an updated livery and changes to the side pods and rear end. It’s expected to remain in the same trim, come race day in Melbourne.
Teammates Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde will compete in the car this coming season.
Marussia will be competing in the MR02 this season.
Like the rest of the teams, the MR02 is an “evolution”, expanding upon last year’s car. One big change for 2013 is that the MR02 will have KERS.
With Timo Glock off the team in 2013, rookie Max Chilton is currently their only driver.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the back marker teams. Even the phrase back marker sounds awful. I suppose that’s the nature of racing and someone has to finish last. Something many of us forget is while teams like Caterham and Marussia may not be top competitors in the World of Formula 1, in the racing World as a whole they still occupy the upper echelon. For that reason alone you have to give credit where it is due.
Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso unveiled their 2013 STR8 earlier today.
STR teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne were at Jerez to unveil the car, ahead of the first day of testing beginning tomorrow.
After finishing 9th overall in 2012, STR Team Principal Franz Tost expects the team to finish 6th in 2013. It’s an optimistic goal, but after last season anything can happen.
All of the cars are looking much better heading into 2013 with their new nose jobs. The season’s first testing doesn’t usually tell us a lot, but it’s still going to be interesting to see how everyone performs tomorrow.