Wallio wrote:I don't know, I know I may be the only person on earth to say this, but I don't much care for the RBR's testing gimmick. I'm not sure why, I loved the camo-bull. The front wing on the RB14 looks huge, even by the standards of these rules. Reminds me of the 2009-spec snowplows.
And the Sauber. Oh dear. Plain in every shape of the word.
I have seen a theory that the main reason for that livery is to try and render some of the pre-season spy photographs less useful by using those irregular patterns of squares to cause image artefacts, especially when the images are processed via some of the common algorithms for compressing the files.
Wallio wrote:And the Sauber. Oh dear. Plain in every shape of the word.
Except the airbox. How many twists and turns does it need? It's like one of those novelty straws.
That Renault needs more yellow and less black.
Sauber's car does seem to have a number of cooling slots and vents popping up all over the bodywork - they've introduced an additional set of intakes above the sidepods that have reminded a few of the upper air intakes on the B188 and B189, whilst there is an additional intake running down the side of the shark fin and a vent along the centreline of the engine cover. There does also seem to be some rather interesting ducting on the nose of the car too (if you look more closely, you can see that there are ducts either side of the nose tip - possibly feeding the S-duct further up the nose), whilst they have followed Ferrari's lead on the mid wings and side impact structures as well (as, it seems, have quite a few teams).
Maybe it is just me, but whilst the Sauber might look a bit of a conservative design, there do seem to be a few interesting flourishes when you start looking more closely at it. If anything, the RS18 looks like a much more conservative design - they've tightened up the rear bodywork a bit compared to the RS17, but resembles the RS17 quite strongly and comes across as more of a minor evolution of that car. It's so similar that I'm wondering if this really is the RS18, or a lightly modified RS17 chassis that's been put together for the launch photos.