Stepped nose cone spoils the lookers!

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After the recent announcements about the car launches at Jerez, the new design of the Formula 1 car that I saw didnt force me to make a Wow! epression. Further, the formula1 cars started looking ugly. Except for the McLaren’s MP4-27, almost all cars started to look ugly. More so our own Force India F1 (do you really want me to call them Sahara Force India F1???) with heavily revised side pods. They are appearing prudent. This is the first year I ever went this detailed into the look and feel of the car but this year, the lookers have turned ugly.

McLaren’s car is the best looker among all 2012 cars that have been released so far. Its far more identical to its predecessor, albeit the nose is placed lower lot to comply with this years regulations. “This is a beautiful car,” commented Button. “Many of them that you will see will not be!”. Well I could not agree more Jenson, but F1 cars are not build to look good anyways, right? Which brings me to the question about the performance difference the McLaren car may have as compared to others on the grid. On the first day at Jerez, Lotus topped the charts with Kimi showing no sign of rust after a gap of two years away from Formula1, followed closely by Paul di Resta for Force India. McLaren were placed a distant 8th.

The other car everyone was keen to know how it comes up was the RB8. The Red Bull challenger with the magical touch of Adrian Newly has its stakes held up higher as they are preparing to defent their title they hard earned last year?


Unofficial Tuesday test times from Jerez:

1. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:19.670, 73 Laps
2. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.772, 101 Laps
3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:20.219, 56 Laps
4. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:20.496, 53 Laps
5. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:20.694, 57 Laps
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:20.794, 41 Laps
7. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:21.353, 106 Laps
8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.530, 60 Laps
9. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:22.815, 69 Laps
10. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, 1:23.178, 28 Laps
11. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:23.371, 25 Laps
12. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, 1:23.676, 44 Laps

Unofficial times as quoted from the Formula1.comwebsite.{EAV:233f5cc7c5e94067}