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Barcelona Testing: Day 3


//The following is a featured article from guest contributor Jamey Price, Jamey Price Photography, an American sports photojournalist on his first Formula 1 project.  You can read more about Jamey and his passion for his work in our feature: Intro to an American F1 Photojournalist - Jamey Price.

February 23, 2012

Another day of testing gone and we've learned a lot about the cars. The Red Bull, as expected is strong. But I'm not telling you that looking at timing sheets. In fact, out on track, all I have is my eyes. I have no connection to the outside world whatsoever. Not that I could hear anything even if I did.

I'm telling you the Red Bull is fast and that Adrian Newey has designed another stunning machine by watching it. I've walked this track 10 times over and I've seen it go through all of the corners and in every single one, it is planted. Rock solid. Steady. Fast. It just looks fast.

Ferrari on the other hand are not. And again, not looking at timing sheets or listening to what Alonso and Massa are saying in interviews. I know it's going to be a long first few races for the Scuderia because the car is unruly. It is out of balance and looks more interested in trying to kill the driver than win him races.

But as everyone at tests say, who really knows? I certainly don't. But thats the beauty of winter testing. You can play your mega hand close to your chest and tell no one how strong you are if you really wanted to.

It's been a fascinating experience being in the pit lane and on track and I look forward to sharing the final days images with you tomorrow.

Red Bull Racing Reveals Title Defender

The 2012 Red Bull Racing RB8 is released this morning. Image by Red Bull Racing

This morning, Red Bull released a video of some media of their 2012 car, the RB8, to a worldwide audience.  Coming off of another championship winning season, all eyes are on the title defenders as they release their design to the world wide motorsport press.

The initial photos of the car The media is flowing out now, but so far, the released photos are in the gallery and we're studying the content to see what the Milton Keynes based team have prepared for the 2012 season.

For now, here's some beauty shots of the car for your viewing pleasure:



The design of the 2012 RB8 car looks to be very competitive. Red Bull's chief designer Adrian Newey is known for his aerodynamic design features, creating a distinctive advantage over the rest of the field and translating into wins. Constant bending (not breaking) of the rules is an essential part of the sport, testing the cleverness of designers to solve a dynamic set of rules evolving every year. Aerodynamics are largely still a highly secretive part of the industry and kept under close guard, so design solutions aren't completely proven until they hit the track in pre-season testing.

Like other cars released last week, the new regulations on exhaust flow have allowed teams to tighten-up the rear end of the car, delivering a much tighter waist than previous years.  Additionally, the front nose of the car has also managed the 2012 height requirements by using a stepped nose (nicknamed the 'platypus nose').  The Red Bull's nose is not quite as smooth as the McLaren or Lotus, but also not quite as extreme as the Ferrari or Force India.  At this point, the effectiveness of the nose design is all still speculation, but results should be developing in the next few hours as journalists bring back the news from Jerez, Spain.  We'll keep things updated as this news begins to flow...